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Paul McCartney does a secret Glastonbury warm-up gig in Somerset where fans paid to hear 25 songs

From me to you: Paul McCartney does a secret Glastonbury warm-up gig in the town of Somerset, where fans paid £25 per ticket to hear 25 songs

Sir Paul McCartney prepared last night for Glastonbury, one of the biggest gigs of his career, by playing one of the smallest.

Sir Paul, 80, previewed his Glastonbury set to an audience of about 800 at the Cheese and Grain – a non-profit venue in a former agricultural warehouse in the town of Frome in Somerset.

Fans had made an effort to collect tickets in person after the secret gig was announced at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Sir Paul, 80, previewed his Glastonbury set to an audience of about 800 at the Cheese and Grain

Sir Paul, 80, previewed his Glastonbury set to an audience of about 800 at the Cheese and Grain

Sir Paul performed 25 songs, including Hey Jude, From Me To You and Let It Be.  He closed with Golden Slumbers

Sir Paul performed 25 songs, including Hey Jude, From Me To You and Let It Be. He closed with Golden Slumbers

He opened the show — to a tumultuous reception — with the 1963 Beatles hit I Wanna Be Your Man, telling the audience, ‘Good evening, Frome! Why do I get the feeling we’re going to have fun?’

Sir Paul performed 25 songs, including Hey Jude, From Me To You and Let It Be. He closed with Golden Slumbers.

Fans who flocked to the performance said it had been a truly memorable event.

For 62-year-old Christine Williams, it was a dream come true. She said: ‘He had so much energy, it’s hard to believe he’s in his 80s. He can still deliver whether it’s on a big stage or in an intimate venue like this one.”

Fans had made an effort to collect tickets in person after the secret gig was announced at 5pm on Thursday

Fans had made an effort to collect tickets in person after the secret gig was announced at 5pm on Thursday

Sir Paul arrived at the site at 4pm yesterday in a black Mercedes-Benz minibus, wearing a blue and white striped shirt

Sir Paul arrived at the site at 4pm yesterday in a black Mercedes-Benz minibus, wearing a blue and white striped shirt

Fans pouring in from the performance said it was a truly memorable event

Fans pouring in from the performance said it was a truly memorable event

Another fan, Mike Sellers, 58, said: “Everyone sang along to some of the old Beatles songs and some songs from the Wings era too.”

Famous faces in the audience included singer Olivia Rodrigo, film producer Judd Apatow and his actress wife Leslie Mann, plus AC/DC’s Brian Johnson. The widow of his Beatles bandmate George Harrison, Olivia, was also there. Sir Paul’s children, Stella and Mary, have not been seen but are believed to be joining them tonight when he heads to the Pyramid Stage to play for 100,000.

Sir Paul arrived at the site at 4 p.m. yesterday in a black Mercedes-Benz minibus, wearing a blue and white striped shirt. He paused to wave to the waiting crowd.

He opened the show — to a tumultuous reception — with the 1963 Beatles hit I Wanna Be Your Man.

He opened the show — to a tumultuous reception — with the 1963 Beatles hit I Wanna Be Your Man.

First in line were advertising executive Matt Hopper, 66, and his wife Victoria, 65, who were happy to pay the £25 per ticket.

Hopper, from Frome, said: ‘Due to the train strike yesterday, I was at home at work when the message came on my phone that Paul McCartney was playing. I was walking around town at the time and so I just got in line to get two tickets and I’m delighted.” Another lifelong fan who managed to secure tickets was Vera Ford, 73, also from Frome.

She said: ‘I’ve been Beatles-crazed ever since I was a little girl, so it’s unreal to see my teenage dream in my hometown.

‘I have just returned from Liverpool where I did a tour of Paul McCartney’s youth home. Scarcely got home and turned up the heat that I had an email to say he was playing at the Cheese and Grain – I was like an Olympic sprinter running downstairs to get my tickets.” Sir Paul becomes Glastonbury’s oldest headline act ever when he takes the stage. He is expected to pay tribute to his late bandmate John Lennon by doing a duet with a video of him. And he’ll reference the war in Ukraine by taking the stage with the country’s flag — and he can sing one of Lennon’s songs of peace.

Additional reporting by Rob Perkins

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