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Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK


She's reliving home

Hey June: June Kelly was a neighbour of the young Paul McCartney

Rather than let it be, the National Trust has restored Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool, which will soon open to the public. BBC correspondent June Kelly, who was a neighbour of the young Paul, remembers life in Forthlin Road.

Forthlin Road, where I was born and spent my early childhood, was a 1950s housing development in the Liverpool suburb of Allerton.

It was a street full of families and for children the best thing about Forthlin Road was that at that time it was surrounded by fields and open spaces, which all made good exploring grounds.

[ image: The young Beatles used to practise at Forthlin Road]
The young Beatles used to practise at Forthlin Road
As I played with my brother and very young friends, little did I realise that down the road lived a teenager who was obsessed with music and who one day would change the face of popular culture.

Paul McCartney had come to live in Forthlin Road with his parents and younger brother.

A couple of years later at a church fete he met John Lennon and their friendship and the most successful musical partnership in modern times was born.

The McCartneys' home in Forthlin Road was their songwriting base. John and Paul would try out tunes and lines on each other.

The Beatles first hit, Love Me Do, was a Forthlin song - written in the late 1950s before they were famous. And it was in the house that they finished one of their biggest number ones, She Loves You.

When the Beatles became very big they came back to Liverpool for a ceremony to honour them - it seemed that everyone in the city had turned out to welcome them home.

By that time my family had moved from Forthlin Road but we still had a Beatles connection. Our new house was close to where John Lennon had been brought up - just around the corner from Strawberry Fields.

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