PARIS, Ky. — Betty Ann Allen’s love affair with Sir Paul McCartney goes way back.
Not a literal love affair, of course, but Betty said she’s been one of the former Beatle’s biggest fans for more than half a century.
“Love him — just absolutely love his music,” she said.
But it wasn’t her fandom that made McCartney’s Sunday night performance at U.S. Bank Arena a night to remember.
That happened when she was pulled on stage.
On the way from Paris, Kentucky, to the arena Sunday afternoon, she made a wager with her granddaughter, Emily, who also had a ticket. The wager involved collecting an autograph, on Allen’s cast (her arm is healing from a break).
“I promised her if we got pulled on stage and Paul would sign my cast, I’d buy her a car,” Betty said.
Emily just recently turned 16.
And, as it turns out, Paul delivered.
“He brought us onstage and it actually happened!” Emily said.
Now, Betty’s on the hook thanks to a living legend.
“He’s like, OK, and signed it,” Betty said. “Then he says to my granddaughter, ‘There’s your car.’”
Emily said she’s eyeing a Chevrolet Cruz, but a car isn’t the only new thing in her life. She also said she’s now one of McCartney’s newest fans.
“I’m a fangirl now,” she laughed.