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Sir Paul, the Queen and the Pope shatter so many myths about older people

Gail Walker


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Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Royal Company of Archers Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Getty)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Royal Company of Archers Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Getty)

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Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way community, in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way community, in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury

One week on, I’m still processing that extraordinary performance by Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury. An 80-year-old man on stage for almost three hours. Playing the guitar and piano. Singing live. Joking with the audience and regaling them with anecdotes from the last century. Still recognisably McCartney.

When he and John Lennon started writing together in Liverpool in the late Fifties, Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and man hadn’t been to the Moon.


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