A FORMER landlady who saw Sir Paul McCartney sing Beatles hit Hey Jude for the very first time in her pub more than 40 years ago, has spoken out about the memorable night in 1968.
Jean Evans, who is now 87 and lives in Carlton, was landlady at The Oakley Arms in Harrold when Sir Paul amazingly dropped in at the watering hole for a drink, and ended up singing the hit for the first time.
Sir Paul had been travelling through the village on June 30, 1968, when he and his publicist Derek Taylor went to the village pub.
A resident then invited them back to his house for dinner and afterwards they all went to The Oakley Arms at around 10.30pm where he played Hey Jude for the very first time.
Jean, who is now widowed, said: “We were getting close to closing the pub for the night when a Rolls Royce pulled up outside. The chauffeur came in and I said “who have you got in there?”
“We couldn’t believe our luck, he was ever so nice.”
Jean’s daughter Tess, who suffers with cerebral palsy, was also there on the night and received a signed autograph from the Beatles star.
Jean, who was 44 at the time, added: “It’s amazing that he stayed there all night, he didn’t leave until about 1am. He just sat by the piano and played all night.
“And then he played Hey Jude for the first time. Every time we hear that now me and Tess get excited, it’s our song. It was a great night and word must have got round, because the pub was packed.
The Oakley Arms was set to re-open tonight with a night of entertainment and music, but it has now been postponed for a date to announced.
Last Updated: 07/14/11 12:58