Sir Paul McCartney has been revealed as the man behind a mysterious set of classified adverts which featured in The Daily Record.
The Beatles legend had Record readers confused after taking out adverts about his new children’s book, featuring the characters Grandude and Nandude.
McCartney took out several adverts in Scotland’s Daily Record and sister English titles Liverpool Echo and Manchester Evening News.
The star was born and discovered in Liverpool, while he enjoyed gigging in Manchester with the Beatles, Wings and also as a solo artist.
Sir Paul, who is no stranger to taking ads out, has also enjoyed holidays at his Scottish home in High Park Farm in Kintyre, since 1966.
In 1977, he used the pseudonym Percy ‘Thrills’ Thrillington for his album of the same name and took out similarly cryptic ads in a variety of British newspapers.
Grandude’s Green Submarine is the second of his Hey Grandude! books.
The first was released in 2019 topping both the UK and US children’s book charts as well as being translated into 33 languages.
The new book sees Paul’s Grandude character on another magical mystery tour with his grandchildren as they search for Nandude.
The classified ads read: “Grandude and his four chillers are looking for their adventure-loving Nandude. Nandude has traversed the thickest jungles and sailed the deepest oceans, always to return with stories to tell.
“But she’s been gone far longer than we expected! Grandude needs your help! Nandude loves playing the accordion. If you listen out, you might see her before you see her! Have YOU seen Nandude?”
Sir Paul previously said how the book – of which the title is a nod to the Beatles’ Hey Jude – came from the nickname given to him by his grandchildren.
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“One of my grandkids – who used to call me ‘Grandad’ – just happened one day to say ‘Grandude’ and it kind of stuck,” McCartney explains. “So the other kids started calling me ‘Grandude’.”
McCartney liked it so much he started making up stories about a character called Grandude, who he pictured as a kind of retired hippie having adventures with his grandchildren.
“I imagined him as a sort of eccentric old guy. “He’s got a grey beard, a little bit of a ponytail, so he’s a little bit groovy. He has a little hat and a bow tie. And he has this magic compass so when he rubs that you can go anywhere.”
The former Beatle has eight grandkids.