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Tuesday 9th June 2015, 10:57 London

Tulip growers 'please please' Paul McCartney

Ex member of The Beatles presented with his own tulip in colours associated with his native Liverpool before gig in the Netherlands

Tulip growers 'please please' Paul McCartney

Uittenbogaard, McCartney, and van Teylingen

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Pop legend Paul McCartney was presented with a tulip grown in his honour before playing a gig on the weekend (6/7 June).

The red flower with distinctive white border, intended to bear a resemblance to the colours of McCartney's native Liverpool's most famous football team, carries the botanical name of Tulipa 'Paul McCartney'.

The tulip was given to McCartney - now operating as a solo musician after his time with The Beatles and Wings - by growers association Remarkable Tulips for his "enormous contribution to music history". 

The breeding process of the new tulip by Remarkable Tulips, from the Dutch municipality of Lisse, lasted nearly 20 years.

Bulb grower Jack Uittenbogaard, a member of Remarkable Tulips, said: "It is personally a long-held wish to honour my musical hero with a Dutch tulip. Perhaps we plant in the garden of Paul McCartney his tulip this autumn." 

Uittenbogaard's company, Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zn, from the famed bulb-growing region of Noordwijkerhout, is one of the firms that will have the new tulip in production.

It is anticipated that the Paul McCartney tulip will be available for commercial sale within three years.

Rose van Teylingen, who initiated the creation of the tulip, also created a large tulip painting illustrating the Paul McCartney tulip and different subjects from his songs. McCartney happily received the painting before his show in the Netherlands, Remarkable Tulips said.

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