A letter written by Paul McCartney to good humorously settle a 30-year-old `debt' over a blanket he is said to have procured during a teenage holiday is going up for auction.
McCartney and his late Beatles bandmate George Harrison stayed in a farmhouse in Harlech, North Wales during a hitchhiking holiday in 1958 and 1959 and years later, the proprietor, Irene Brierley, wrote to McCartney asking him to pay for a blanket he had made off with.
According to Beatles memorabilia site, Tracks, the two future Beatles became friendly with Irene’s son John during their first stay in 1958, with John recalling that the three new friends played snooker and listened to Elvis Presley during their time together.
John also revealed that McCartney and Harrison sat in with his skiffle group The Vikings at the local Queen’s Hotel pub and McCartney tried to learn how to play Buddy Holly’s Think It Over on the Brierley family piano.
McCartney and Harrison returned to the Brierley farmhouse the following summer, and at the end of their visit, the pair surreptitiously made off with one of the Brierleys’ blankets.
Some years later, Irene wrote to McCartney to remind him of the blanket 'debt’ and she received a handwritten reply from McCartney in September 1989.
In the letter, McCartney wrote, "Dear Mrs Brierley (Irene). Your letter reached me, eventually, and I was sorry to hear about my ‘debt’!
"I remember well the time we had in Harlech, and hope the enclosed cheque will settle our money differences! Excuse the scrawl as I’m trying to write this on a bouncing express train!!
"I was very sorry to hear about your hubby – he was a very nice man. Please give my best to your boys. Kindest Regards, Paul McCartney."
Auction site Tracks notes that Mrs Brierley cashed the cheque signed by McCartney which, due to the fact nobody has ever seen a cheque signed solely by Paul McCartney, would have been worth around £10,000 in today’s market.
Tracks are looking for offers starting at £3,000 for the letter.