To the disbelief of villagers, on a Sunday night in 1968, Paul McCartney unexpectedly turned up in a tiny Bedfordshire village and performed ‘Hey Jude’ for the first-ever time.
While travelling to London from Bradford the Beatles’ frontman suggested stopping at whatever village had the nicest sounding name, and that just happened to be Harrold in Bedfordshire.
This decision led to “the most magical night in the village’s history” which is fondly remembered by John Keech, a Harrold villager who is now 75, who was sat next to McCartney as he sang ‘Hey Jude’.
John spoke to Bedfordshire Live about the unforgettable night.
“You don’t go down the pub on a Sunday night in Harrold and expect to end up singing along with Paul McCartney, but believe it or not, that’s what happened on that magical night!” John laughs.