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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney, 1972

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"The last time I was in this place, was 1953, I was shaking like a jelly then, my legs were all rubbery, itís not that much different now. Mind you it does help seeing Gerry, Billy, ĎOur kidí, Fred back there and all the rest of them and Pauline.

When I was aged 11, I got a school essay prize, Coronation Ö.. er Ö.. Street? No a Coronation prize, you can tell Iím not used to these things, right? You wanna come up and do it Fred? Frivolity aside.

Paul and John on the Liverpool waterfront
Paul and John being filmed on the Liverpool waterfront

The first thing that struck me when I was going to become a Freeman was that I wondered what it meant. Because I thought I was one, being born here. So I asked her what can a Freeman do? What special privileges come with it. Can you go into Derek Hattonís office for instance and ask to see that illegal budgie heís been keeping there, I know heís got it. "No" they said, "but you can do things like un-sheath your sword in public." And that is going to be a relief I can tell you.

What it really means is that itís the highest honour that a city can pay to a citizen, so from that point of view, Iím well chuffed. Iíd like to thank my family, some of whom are here today, who started it all and for me are still doing it. All my fellow musicians over all the years, who created those magical exciting years. So I want to say to them, we made it lads, this oneís for us. And finally, Iíd like to thank the ĎPool itself, we couldnít have done it without you. Thank you very much."

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