Macca re­veals Linda’s fam­ily snaps

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Chris Riches

SIR Paul Mc­Cart­ney paid glow­ing trib­ute to his late wife Linda yesterday as he re­leased a book of her per­sonal pho­tos.

The Bea­tles le­gend, 77, wanted to show­case the tal­ents of his first wife, who died from breast can­cer in 1998 aged 56.

Linda Mc­Cart­ney: The Po­laroid Di­aries con­tains touch­ing fam­ily shots, in­clud­ing pic­tures of the cou­ple’s chil­dren play­ing dress-up.

They were taken af­ter the McCart­neys moved to Scot­land while Paul suf­fered de­pres­sion and stress fol­low­ing the Bea­tles’ break-up in 1970.

The book con­tains more than 200 pho­to­graphs from her pri­vate col­lec­tion.

Sir Paul said: “She would just see things. Many of her pho­tos, it’s just that one click.

“You’ve got to recog­nise when a great photo is hap­pen­ing in front of you.

“And then you’ve got to snap it at ex­actly the right mo­ment and she did that so many times. It al­ways im­pressed me.”

The singer launched the book with fash­ion de­signer daugh­ter Stella and her sis­ter Mary – also a pho­tog­ra­pher – at the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert mu­seum in Lon­don. His old band­mate Sir Ringo Starr was on hand for the event, along with wife Bar­bara Bach.

Sir Paul added: “For us, they’re just fam­ily pho­tos, but be­cause it’s Linda, a great pho­tog­ra­pher, they’re lit­tle pieces of art. I’d been through a very dif­fi­cult pe­riod at the end of the Bea­tles.

“It was like hell. But I’d just met this beau­ti­ful woman and we were rais­ing a fam­ily, so we de­cided to es­cape, so we es­caped to Scot­land and lived a very funky life.”

Mary, 50, who as a baby slept in a bed made by Paul from old potato boxes, said the im­ages showed a “sim­ple” life. Stella, 48, said her mother had cap­tured “quite sur­real mo­ments” and talked of the dif­fi­culty in re­leas­ing such an in­ti­mate book.

She said: “I find it quite hard be­cause we’re a very pro­tec­tive fam­ily.”

Mary, Sir Paul, Stella, Sir Ringo and Bar­bara at book launch at Vic­to­ria & Al­bert mu­seum. The re­lease fea­tures many Mc­Cart­ney fam­ily snaps

Pic­tures: GETTY

Sir Paul Mc­Cart­ney with new book

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