Paul McCartney’s Trousers on Show!


Roger McGough displays Macca’s Trousers in exhibition

On Friday 8 May, World Museum Liverpool welcomed a special guest to The Beat Goes On who presented a new addition to the exhibition devoted to Liverpool’s music scene.

Celebrated poet Roger McGough, who is himself part of Liverpool’s musical heritage lent the museum a unique item to adorn the exhibition’s walls.

The unusual item is in fact a pair of trousers; but not just any trousers. The trousers once belonged to Roger’s fellow Scaffold member Mike McCartney’s brother Paul, a member of another little-known band from Liverpool; The Beatles.

Framed like a piece of art, the trousers were the inspiration behind a poem now also on display in The Beat Goes On, entitled To Macca’s Trousers, which has been taken from Roger McGough’s new collection of poetry.

Detailing the background of the trousers and how Roger came to own them, the poem describes humorously how he went from wearing them on nights out in the 60s, to finding them packed up in a suitcase of old clothes in his attic years later.

Roger said: “I was friends with Mike McCartney at a time when I began teaching in local schools. It was obvious that I needed to smarten up and make an effort at work in order to set an example to the pupils, and Mike suggested I have some of his brother’s cast offs.

“I’m pleased they are going to be displayed somewhere for all to enjoy and The Beat Goes On is the perfect setting. It’s strange to think that when I used to wear them, the thought never crossed my mind that my mate’s brother’s trousers would one day be hung on the wall of a museum!”

The poem is part of a new collection of Roger’s poetry being published this June by Penguin Books, entitled That Awkward Age. The collection is a powerful testament to the miraculous in the everyday, describing one-off chance encounters, embarrassing questions and small wonders, as Roger resolves – and fails – to live every day as if it were his last.