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An ode To Macca's Trousers; Roger McGough's poem to a pair of Mohair pants.

Byline: LAURA DAVIS S

POET and playwright Roger McGough is loaning a pair of Paul McCartney's trousers to the World Museum Liverpool.

The pair of blue mohair pants were given to him by the former Beatle's brother Mike when they were both members of 60s group The Scaffold.

They will be displayed as part of the Beat Goes On Exhibition alongside a poem penned by the Liverpool Poet entitled "To Macca's Trousers".

McGough said: "Paul used to give Mike some of his old cast-offs and the trousers were too short for Mike so he gave them to me.

"I never wore them, forgot I had them and then I realised 'oh I've got a pair of Paul McCartney's trousers'.

"Then, as the trousers unfolded, so did the story." Also in his possession was a second pair, this time in green tweed, which he gave to Mike Hart of band The Roadrunners.

McGough added: "I didn't want to put them on eBay, just because of knowing the family, it would be a tacky thing to do.

"Having written the poem about having them framed and hung I thought 'there's an idea', And it becomes like art work in a way.

"They were part of a blue mohair suit and they've got quite a sweaty waistband. They've obviously been worn a bit." To Macca's Trousers will be published in a new collection of McGough's poetry, At An Awkward Age, released next month.

It includes a series of addresses to objects including contact lenses and Meccano.

McGough said: "I started the poem and left it and then when I got the idea of addressing the trousers it happened quite easily.

"When I actually got writing it it took me just over a week." World Museum Liverpool's Beat

Goes On exhibition explores the city's musical identity from the Beatles to the Zutons.

Memorabilia on display includes a jacket worn by John Lennon during the Beatle's 1964 tour and the All You Need is Love bedcover from John and Yoko's 1969 Bed-in-for-Peace demonstration in Montreal.

The trousers will be on display until November 1 when the exhibition closes.

A collection of McGough's own belongings, along with those of the other two Liverpool Poets Brian Patten and the late Adrian Henri, went on display at Liverpool

University's Victoria Gallery and Museum last week.

The three made their name in the 1960s with their accessible poetry printed in joint anthologies including The Mersey Sound from 1967.

Selling more than one million copies, the book became one of the most popular poetry collections ever published.

McGough's reworking of Moliere's Tartuffe was a highlight of Liverpool's Capital of Culture year and his version of the French playwright's The Hypochondriac opens at the Liverpool Playhouse next month..

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