The Hull of Kintyre; Sir Paul Faces Prospect of Nuclear Submarine Dump on His Doorstep

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The Hull of Kintyre; Sir Paul Faces Prospect of Nuclear Submarine Dump on His Doorstep


Byline: PAULINE MCLAUGHLIN

IT is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful landscapes and inspired Sir Paul McCartney to pen a hit song.

But the breathtaking Mull of Kintyre, where the singer recovered from his break-up with the Beatles, could soon be home to a nuclear dump.

The Ministry of Defence is considering leaving 27 nuclear submarine reactors at the former Machrihanish RAF base on the Argyll peninsula.

The base, one of five sites shortlisted as possible dumping grounds for the Navy's nuclear waste, is situated next to the world-famous Machrihanish Golf Course and is only 12 miles from Sir Paul's 600-acre farm.

Locals campaigning against the proposal are hoping to enlist the support of the former Beatle, who is abroad at present and unaware of the plans.

Only recently he spoke of his love for Kintyre, saying: 'It has been like a little hideaway. It is a lovely place. I love it.

'When the Beatles broke up it was a nice retreat. It's still very important.

It's one of those places that's very special. I can sort of breathe when I get up there, pure air. Everything's great except the midges!'

Sir Paul bought High Park Farm in the early 1970s. He quickly fell in love with the romantic Scottish idyll, where subsequently he and his wife Linda shared successive family holidays with their four children, Mary, James, Heather and fashion designer Stella.

It inspired Sir Paul to write the hit song Mull of Kintyre which topped the charts for nine weeks in 1979.

The proposed nuclear dump is less than five miles from a memorial garden and statue in Campbeltown, dedicated to his late wife.

Linda McCartney, who spent her life campaigning for vegetarian and environmental issues, died from cancer in 1998, aged 57. …

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