Today marks St George’s Day and so Sir Paul McCartney has honoured the two late Georges associated with The Beatles. Firstly, his fellow bandmate George Harrison, who died in November 2001, aged 58. And also Sir George Martin, The Beatles record producer, who died in March 2016 at the age of 90.
On his Instagram account, Sir Paul McCartney posted a picture of the two Georges in the studio, as captured by his late wife Linda McCartney, who died in April 1998 aged 56. The 80-year-old wrote: “Happy St George’s Day to Georges everywhere – Paul.”
Macca has posted similar tributes to the pair of “Georges I have known and loved” over the past few years. In fact, he still “talks” to Harrison through the evergreen coniferous tree that the Quiet Beatle gifted him before he died. Speaking previously with All Things Considered, Sir Paul said how Harrison was very into horticulture and a great gardener.
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Macca shared: “He gave me [the] tree as a present. It’s a big fir tree and it’s by my gate [near my East Sussex home]. As I was leaving my house, I got out of the car close the gate and looked up at the tree and said, ‘Hi, George.’
“There he is, growing strongly… that takes me back to the time when I hitchhiked with him! [George and John Lennon still have] an ever-present presence.” That’s the tree George gave me. George has entered that tree for me. I hope he’s happy with that.”