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Wings Tour Bus Special on BBC Radio Featuring Denny Seiwell

On Saturday night at 10pm, Nick Coffer hosted a special Wings Tour Bus show on BBC Three Counties Radio. (September 19th, 2020)

Nick spoke to owner, Tom Jennings, as well as Geoffrey Cleghorn, one of the people that painted the bus for the 1972 “Wings Over Europe” tour.

Nick also interviewed Denny Seiwell, the original Wings drummer, who travelled around Europe on the bus on the 1972 tour.

There was also a surprise guest, Chris Edwards. His father worked as a Transport Manager for Silverline, in Hounslow, the 1972 owners, and then worked at subsequent owners, Tricentrol in Dunstable. Chris himself also did odd-jobs on the bus, such as cleaning out leaves and confetti.

Chris had responded to an earlier plug for the show asking for people to get in contact who had local knowledge about the bus.

You can listen to the show online for at least the next month.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08qvcvw

PAUL McCARTNEY, WINGS & WNO 481 TRAVELLED 12,072 KILOMETRES-ACROSS-EUROPE

Paul McCartney, Wings & WNO 481 travelled 12,072 kilometres, 7,500 miles to do 25 concerts in 25 cities in 9 countries across Europe.

Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour Map

July / August 1972 Wings Over Europe

WNO 481 is THE bus that Paul McCartney customised for his first major tour without The Beatles after their break-up in 1970.

By 1972 with The Happening at Woodstock in 1969 still ringing in everyone’s ears Paul got himself a double-decker open-top bus and turned it into Macca’s Mother Ship by having it painted in a ‘Woodstock on Wheels peace and love’ psychedelic design. He then set off with family and band on board to kick-start loud and proud the legendary Wings phase of his musical life and continue his amazing streak of writing and performing songs that would ultimately make music / rock and roll history. 25 concerts in 25 cities in 9 countries in Europe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_Over_Europe_Tour

Our amazing bus combines 67 years of beautiful classic automotive transport of the people design heritage, coming up to 50 years of music / rock and roll history on wheels and time-capsule Magical Mystery Tour artwork painted by the renowned Geoffrey Cleghorn, friend of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Stones et al. Also involved with setting up the bus was Paul’s Tour Manager Tom Salter, owner of the Gear boutiques of Carnaby St and Kings Road fame.

Paul McCartney, the biggest pop/rock star on the planet, really did give WNO 481 its Wings, thus creating a true inter-national treasure. It is said that Paul wrote time-less classics such as My Love and James Bond theme song Live and Let Die on the bus.

WNO 481 & MPL

“We would like to wish you the best of luck with the refurbishment and please do send photographs when the bus is completed.”
MPL (Sir Paul McCartney’s Company)

WNO 481 – INVITATIONS & HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Here is just a selection of the invitations and honourable mentions that WNO 481 Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus has attracted.

Paul McCartney gave our bus WNO 481 its Wings. Its place therefore in the history of rock and roll and the history of popular music culture is assured.

WNO 481 – WE CAN REBUILD HER

Mission Impossible it is not, we can rebuild her. We have the technology and it needn’t cost 6 million dollars!

WNO 481 – FBHVC – FEDERATION OF HISTORIC VEHICLE CLUBS

We are delighted to announce a partnership with FBHVC – The Federation Of British Historic Vehicle ClubS.

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