Riversong guitar from Kamloops will go to McCartney's HQ

'It was a huge honour for us'

Kamloops Daily News
November 26, 2012 01:00 AM

Back in 1964, Lee Miltimore - along with untold thousands of other teenagers - didn't get to see the Beatles at their one and only Vancouver concert performance.

Miltimore, who went on to found Lee's Music in the 1970s, finally got to see Sir Paul McCartney perform live in Vancouver on Sunday night - 48 years later.

That was a highlight for him and his son, Mike, the young entrepreneur behind the made-in-Kamloops success story of Riversong Guitars.

Mike had hoped to arrange an opportunity to meet with McCartney and present him with one of the distinctively designed instruments. Due to time constraints, a meeting couldn't be arranged, but McCartney's publicists confirmed arrangements for the guitar to be shipped to the artist's main office in London, England.

Father and son were navigating their way out of Vancouver traffic with help from GPS when The Daily News called on Monday to ask how they'd fared.

Mike, who came second in this year's Business Development Canada young entrepreneur awards with Riversong Guitars, was still buoyed by the chance to make the connection, even indirectly.

"It was a huge honour for us," he said.

Another highlight was the concert itself at B.C. Place Stadium, a slightly more accommodating venue than Empire Stadium, where the Beatles played in '64.


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