Paul McCartney gives Newcastle fans a massive upgrade

All Smiles: Kristy Wetzel, Jade Green, Frances Dolan and Helen Gregory at the gig.
All Smiles: Kristy Wetzel, Jade Green, Frances Dolan and Helen Gregory at the gig.

Four girls from Newcastle had the time of their lives at the Paul McCartney gig in Sydney on Tuesday night.

They had tickets in the nosebleed section, but fate intervened.

“Sometimes crazy things happen. Tonight was one of those nights,” Jade Green said.

A magic ticket fairy appeared and presented them with four tickets in the second row.

“Singing along and making eye contact with the guy who wrote Hey Jude and Yesterday … I don’t think I will ever believe that really happened. Thank you Paul,” Jade said on Facebook.

Frances Dolan, who was handed the tickets, added: “I was walking to the seats screaming. This was not in my wildest dreams a possibility!”.

Another of the foursome, Helen Gregory, said: “When it happened, Jade and I were in tears. It was more than we could have ever imagined. We felt incredibly lucky”.

She also said on Facebook: “Thank you Sir Paul and your ticket fairy for picking us out of the thousands! This will always be such a surreal but cherished memory!” 

Helen, a Newcastle Herald journalist, is a massive Beatles fan.

She’s visited Liverpool and Abbey Road in London. She even went to the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

“I was doing all those things thinking I’d never get the chance to see him [Paul McCartney] live,” she said.

Jade said the foursome had paid $120 each for their nosebleed tickets, but the upgraded tickets were worth $2000 each.

Given that the crowd contained 25,000 people, Jade felt like she’d won the lotto.

“It was a golden ticket,” she said.

Helen said it was “way better than anything Willy Wonka could deliver”.

Turns out it was Sir Paul himself who organised this lovely gesture. 

Apparently he reserved 24 tickets in the front and second rows, dead centre to the stage, for random fans.

During the show, Paul was deliberately making eye contact with this lucky lot. 

The four Newcastle girls responded, screaming his name in delight like teens at a Beatles gig in the 1960s.

We always preferred John over Paul. Now we might reconsider.

topics@theherald.com.au

Rare Beatles Record

Sticking with the Beatles theme, news came out yesterday about the rarest Beatles-related collectibles on the planet.

Rolling Stone reported that for Christmas in 1965, Paul McCartney gave his bandmates a unique gift – a homemade record produced just for them.

The record featured sampled songs, original sketches and avant-garde loops.

“Something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles – a fun thing which they could play late in the evening," McCartney said.

Only three copies were made.

What is a Pram Ramp?

What on earth is a pram ramp?

What on earth is a pram ramp?

Does anyone know what a pram ramp is? Anyone? Anyone at all?

Topics spy Ian Kirkwood was walking from the Herald office the other afternoon when he came across spray-painted asphalt that adorns Hunter Street and surrounds as part of the light rail project.

There on the tar of a crossing – over the old heavy rail line between Steel Street and Union Street – was a set of four wooden pegs set into the earth and yellow writing with the words “pram ramp”.

As a seasoned reporter, who was forced last year to investigate the difference between zebra crossings and similarly marked speed humps, Kirkwood was stumped. What the heck was a pram ramp? It sounded like road safety gone mad, so he rang Revitalising Newcastle supremo Michael Cassel to find out what was happening.

Cassel had seen it, too. His reaction was similar to Kirkwood’s.

“I don't think it’s our blokes but I’ll check it out,” he said.

The next morning he rang back to say it was indeed the government’s work, and that the pram ramp was going to be a raised section of the north-south crossing of the rail line.

“It will be a shared zone, so the idea of the raised brick area is to remind vehicle drivers, as they cross that path, that it’s a shared area and to beware of pedestrians,” Cassel said.

That’s great, but we still don't know where the name pram ramp came from.