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SIR PAUL HAS LOST HIS VOICE.

Byline: VIK IYER ECHO Correspondent

SIR Paul McCartney cancelled his latest UK tour performance last night after losing his voice.

The ex-Beatle, who is suffering from a cold, pulled out of the concert at the Hallam Arena in Sheffield.

He wrote fans a note explaining how the problems began after he performed at the venue on Saturday.

``I've caught a cold which made my voice start to go after last night's show,''Sir Paul said. ``I woke up this morning with virtually no voice.

``I've been doing all that I can to try and get my voice back and I tried singing a couple of numbers at a sound check this afternoon - but nothing has worked. So I'mafraid I have to cancel this show in order to save the other gigs on the tour.''

He added: ``I'm sorry to all the people who bought tickets for the show. At least we got to do one gig in Sheffield.We'llbe back to do the show here at some other time.''

Fans have been urged to hold on to their tickets as organisers bid to reschedule the event,in what is McCartney's first UK tour in 10 years.

He has already taken his Back in the World tour around the United States,Canada,Mexico and Japan,playing 58 concerts in 37 cities.

It broke box office records in 21 towns and McCartney has performed to more than one million people since last April.

After a stint in Britain, the star plans several shows in Europe,including Copenhagen, Stockholm,Vienna and Antwerp.

The concerts mark his first run in Britain since his New World Tour of 1993.

He is due to play the MEN Arena in Manchester on Wednesday, the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on April 13 and 14,and Earls Court,London on April 18 and 19.

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