“Going to the Woolton féte, he wore an outfit loosely modelled on the popular hit ‘A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation’, then regarded as the height of teen fashion. However, pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to a Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love. McCartney’s mother Mary died in 1956 when he was just 14, a few months prior to John and Paul’s first meeting.”