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Revisit the handwritten letter Paul McCartney sent to his friend Prince back in 1996

Paul McCartney may well have trotted his music across the entire globe, he may well have sold millions of records with The Beatles and achieved a worldwide fandom that not many can match, but his heart still belongs to Liverpool.

In 1996, McCartney was happy to perform some duties as the lead patron of the Liverpool Institue of Performing Arts and write a few letters to some of his pals asking for support and donations. Of course, Macca’s pals are a little different to yours and mine, this handwritten letter was sent to The Purple One— Prince.

Paul McCartney is one of the most famous men in the world but he still has his manners. When sending out a letter to the mercurial musician Prince he was quick to adhere to his British upbringing and apologise for writing the letter. McCartney addresses his letter perfectly: “Dear Princely Person” and goes on to say how difficult it was for him to accept the role of lead patron.

“But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I’m writing to “friends and all good people” to try and interest them in the scheme,” he writes. Macca goes on to detail the institute’s origination, “The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that “what the city needs is a ‘Fame” School,'” writes the Beatle.

“I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process.”

Soon enough, Macca is talking brass tacks, “Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned.

“Hope you didn’t mind me writing this, it’s so long since I’ve written letters I feel like I’m back at school myself,” continues Macca as he returns to the politeness he was raised with. He ends with “Cheer, & love” which may be the most McCartney thing we’ve ever read.

We can’t be sure if Prince did indeed donate to the school, in the end, but the singer was known for his charitable donations so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. We do know that the letter itself, which you can see images of below, sold at auction for nearly $15,000.

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You can read the full transcript below:

Paul McCartney
1 Soho Square,
London W.1.
England

Dear Princely person,

Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favour or another, so it was not easy for me to accept the job of Lead Patron for a Performing Arts School to be located in my home town, Liverpool.

But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I’m writing to “friends and all good people” to try and interest them in the scheme.

The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that “what the city needs is a “Fame” School.”

I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process.

So….. (phew!)

We’re now well on our way, as the enclosed info shows, but there’s still a lot to be done.

Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned.

Hope you didn’t mind me writing this, it’s so long since I’ve written letters I feel like I’m back at school myself.

Anyway, one of these days you’ll have to come and teach a class some moves!!

Who knows, it may turn out to be something special for thousands of future kids.

Thanks for looking at this.

Cheers, & love

Paul (McCartney)

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