Beatle essay found 50 years on

A PRIZE-winning essay by a 10-year-old Paul McCartney, made public yesterday, sheds new light on the thoughts of a budding superstar, an author claimed.

The handwritten piece about the Queen’s coronation was found among records at the Central Library by Kevin Roach as he researched for a book on The Beatles legend.

It had been stored away for more than 50 years in the library’s record office.

Mr Roach said: “It’s unique in its own right. It shows his handwriting at that age and shows how Paul was thinking at the time.

“His handwriting is well advanced – you would say it was written by someone who was older than 10-years-old, more like 14 or 15.”

Although the researcher said he is not concerned about its value, he likened the essay to John Lennon’s christening bracelet, which was the last piece of Beatles memorabilia to be sold in a private auction. It fetched £27,000 (€29,400).

McCartney, whose hits included Paperback Writer, was marked down for his grammar in the project, using the word ‘But’ at the start of a sentence.

But instead of joining the examiner in criticism, Mr Roach believes the decorative ‘B’ hints towards the musician’s future.

“The interesting thing is that it is the same ‘B’ as on the early Beatles drum-kit logo in 1961 and 1962.”

The 10-year-old entered a city council essay competition in 1953.

He wrote about the “lovely young Queen” Elizabeth’s coronation, the gathered crowds and the parade through London.

The schoolboy compares the happy scenes expected outside Buckingham Palace to the coronation of William the Conqueror nine centuries earlier, when a massacre of Saxons took place.

He also declares that Britain’s “present day royalty rules with affection rather than force”. Little did he know that in 1997 he would be knighted by the same queen.

McCartney won the under-11s age group category and was presented with a prize at the Central Library by the Lord Mayor on May 27, 1953.

Mr Roach explained how he came across the bound collection of essays: “I’ve been working on my own private project which is a book on the family history of the McCartney family.

“I did know from reading the council minutes that this competition took place, and it was then a case of looking for the actual winning entries.”


Ellie O’Byrne rounds up some of the virtual gigs, films and other eventsArts Noticeboard: Online entertainment options

It’s 25 years since Toy Story first stunned us with its brilliance. Esther McCarthy looks back onJohn Lasseter’s masterpiece and why it’s regarded as a milestone of modern cinemaInfinity and beyond: How Toy Story altered movie history

All the wines recommended this week are available for delivery.Wine with Leslie Williams: Looking for a wine delivery service? Here are a few ...

If I could be reborn for a day I’d be a cat. I love their serenity and independence and how they always manage to find that one shaft of sunlight.This Much I Know: Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy

More From The Irish Examiner