Paul McCartney, who’s on a short break from his Out There! Concert tour, attended the graduation July 25 of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) that he helped found, Donna Jackson of the British Beatles Fan Club told Beatles Examiner today. You can see some of Donna’s pictures in the slideshow, including one picture that’s exclusive to Beatles Examiner.
“I spent several hours standing outside the Graduation ceremony today for 30 seconds in Paul’s presence. But it was definitely worth it!!,” she told us in an interview.
“As always, Paul wanted the focus to be on the LIPA graduates, rather than on him. When he arrived, he hurried straight inside, pausing to wave briefly at the crowd. He seemed in a great mood when he came out, waving and smiling, and pretending to fight his way through the crowd that had grown in size.”
The attendees included his brother, Mike McCartney, once a member of the comedy group the Scaffold. The UK Independent newspaper reported that Rock Hall of Famer Seymour Stein, co-founder and chairman of Sire Records, and producer Mark Ronson, rumored to be working on McCartney’s next album, were both honored with Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) Companion awards.
The institute opened in 1996 and was co-founded by McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty, the school’s principal. It’s housed in the building that formerly contained the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, which McCartney attended in his younger days. The former high school building was renovated into a state-of-the-arts performing arts college.
Previously unseen video footage of Paul and Linda McCartney visiting the site under construction was revealed earlier this week.
(Thanks to Donna Jackson allowing us to use her photos and for her exclusive comments.)
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