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Macca reduces fans to tears at in-store signing

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A couple of swells

Paul McCartney fans broke down in tears when they met the Beatle legend at a signing session to mark the release of his latest album yesterday.

Macca rounded off a week of promoting the album which is titled New by signing copies for 500 fans at the recently-reopened HMV in London's Oxford Street.

Fans had queued for two days and many are reported to have burst into tears in the queue, while several more began crying with joy after meeting McCartney. The once, and forever, Beatle chatted with each fan, signing for a total of 50 minutes.

Earlier in the week he told NME that he was looking forward to a chance to meet "real fans" rather than professional autograph collectors, who he dubbed "bounty hunters"

First in the queue was Alan Harrington who said: "I was invited by HMV, as I've been a Beatles fan since I was 11 in 1962. I've met Paul a few times, and he's always a real gentleman."

Dutch fan Rose Van Den Eyden had queued for 30 hours to meet McCartney and she said: "It was tough, sleeping in the alley, but Paul is a superstar and worth some discomfort to meet. I've come from the Netherlands especially for today."

Macca also surprised shoppers by playing a pop-up concert in London's Covent Garden earlier in the day.

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