Mid-performance autograph plea stuns McCartney

An avid autograph hunter picked an unusual time to ask for Sir Paul McCartney's signature - in the middle of a live performance being broadcast by the BBC.

The fan was in the audience of only around 200 people, made up of listeners and guests, who were watching the intimate show at the Maida Vale studios in west London.

Sir Paul McCartney was in the middle of his set when the autograph hunter asked for his signature. Credit: Briquet-Orban/ABACA/Press Association Images

Sir Paul seemed bemused by the request as he played a handful of new and old songs during a session for BBC Radio 6 Music, at the studios he last visited in the 1960s with The Beatles.

"What? Now?" he asked the cheeky fan. "I love it - there's one in every crowd. As if I don't have enough to do to remember the songs and the chords."