Museum assistant Shirley Buckle was stunned when ‘fifth Beatle’ Sir George Martin agreed to have his picture taken with her.

The mum-of-two was visiting his home in Coleshill near Faringdon 2009 as part of a National Garden Scheme open day.

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She spotted the record producer as she and her husband were about to a tour of the garden and he was happy to have his picture taken.

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Mrs Buckle, 61, from Abingdon, said: “I have always been a big fan of the Beatles and George Martin and after I saw him I asked if I could take his photo.

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“He said he would be happy to be in the photo too.”

Mrs Buckle said she has always been a big fan of the Beatles as her mother comes from Merseyside.

She added: “I started collecting autographs and in the early 1990s he sent his autograph - a signed picture.

“I knew he lived at the house in Coleshill which is which we visited but I didn’t expect to see him there on the day.”

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She added: “There was an Open Garden scheme happening and Sir George and Lady Martin kindly offered to show their garden to members of the public as part of the scheme.

“I have been a fan for many years and have always admired him and his work so decided to visit his garden.

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“Little did I know that he would be there to greet visitors - waiting at the entrance to his house welcoming people into the garden (for a fee of £2.00).

“ I was so shocked and surprised when I saw him but managed to speak to him and he was a perfect gentleman - so kind and friendly - and when I asked if I could have a photo of him he suggested that I join him in the photo!

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“I then visited his magnificent garden and had tea and homemade cake too which was served by his wife.

“It was such a surreal afternoon and I could not believe I had met him! Best £2 I have ever spent!”

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Mrs Buckle said she grew up in Oxfordshire but he family comes from the Anfield area of Liverpool.

She added: “My cousin used to go to the Cavern club and her bedroom was covered with pictures and posters of the Beatles.

“We genuinely went to see the garden itself and I couldn’t believe it when I saw George Martin there himself.

“There were a few Japanese tourists there armed with cameras so he was probably used to being bombarded with requests for pictures.”

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Sir George died aged 90 in 2016. He signed The Beatles and produced more than 700 records. He also worked with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black.

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