Sir Paul McCartney gives fans rare insight into childhood with throwback pic

Sir Paul McCartney has shared a rare family photo with his fans to mark a sweet milestone.

The 79-year-old Beatles star posted a snap of him as a young boy alongside his mother.

In the picture, Paul could be seen sitting by his mum’s feet in a black and white shot, wearing swimming trunks while mum Mary is sat on a deckchair dressed more modestly in a skirt and blouse.

The Beatles legend shared the picture with his 3.6million Instagram followers and wrote: "Today is the anniversary of my lovely mum's birth. Let's celebrate together – Paul."

Paul’s mum sadly passed away when the musician was just 14 and she was just 47.

He previously spoke about his mother’s death, explaining to the BBC: "Both my mum and [first wife] Linda [McCartney] died of breast cancer.

"We had no idea what my mum had died of because no one talked about it. She just died. The worst thing about it was everyone was just very stoic. Everyone kept a stiff upper lip and then one evening you'd hear my dad crying in the next room.

"It was tragic because we'd never heard him cry. It was a quiet private grief."

In a sweet note to his mother, Paul and his wife Linda named their first child Mary after his late mum.

Paul and Linda were married for 29 years before she sadly passed away in 1998.

The pair shared three children together – Mary, Stella and James.

Meanwhile, Linda has a daughter called Heather from her first marriage.

Speaking about his wife’s passing, Paul told BBC Radio Scotland: "I think I cried for about a year on and off.

"You expect to see them walk in, this person you love because you are so used to them. I cried a lot. It was almost embarrassing except it seemed the only thing to do."

Paul is now married to Nancy Shevell, where they had a small ceremony in 2011.

It comes as Paul has been caught out by posting a set of classified adverts baffling readers around the country.

The Liverpool-born singer took out the ads in newspapers including Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Scotland’s Daily Record for the past week.

It sees an ad about Grandude searching for Nandude – who are both characters featuring in the musician’s new picture book.

The new book, which is called Grandude’s Green Submarine, is out this week. It is the musician's second book for children, with the first – Hey Grandude – being released back in 2019.

The release topped both the UK and US book charts, becoming so popular that it was translated into 33 languages.

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