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Macca’s Welsh aunt is waiting to teach him history

Sir Paul's wisecrack about Wales being a third world country has not been received well by his aunt, who is waiting to give him a piece of her mind.

art and culture Updated: Jun 05, 2007 18:45 IST

Sir Paul McCartney better stay away from his Welsh aunt Dilys Mohin, for she’s waiting to give him a piece of her mind for calling her beloved homeland a ‘Third World Country’.

The former Beatles singer was chatting to Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson during an NME interview, and joking about the fact that he never gets recognised when visiting a Third World country.

When Wilson replied that the same thing happens to him in Wales, Macca quipped that that was because Wales was like a Third World nation.

"Well, Wales is a Third World country. We love Welsh people, by the way... especially my Auntie Dilys," he had said.

However, while Macca’s spokesperson insisted that the singer was just joking, his aunt Dilys is not amused at all.

“Yes, I read what Paul had to say about the Welsh and I’m going to pull him up on it the next time I speak to him,” the Daily Express quoted her, as asying.

“He’s not going to get away with it. But it’s not the first time he has had a go at Wales. When he calls, he pokes fun at my Welsh accent but I give him back, reminding him of his working class roots,” she added.

But Macca’s aunt, whose late husband was the singer’s late mother Mary’s brother, also defended the singer, and said that his quip was meant to be a joke, and not to offend people.

“When Paul says something it makes headlines but he only means it as a joke. Paul is in great spirits at the moment. He is going through a divorce but he is coping very well. Paul is great, he’s the same as he has always been,” she said.

“He is very down to earth and doesn’t show off his wealth,” Mrs Mohin insisted.

First Published: Jun 05, 2007 17:53 IST