31 Jul '12, 12am

Paul McCartney and other star performers were paid $2 for Olympics opening ceremony for their efforts

LONDON (AFP) - Paul McCartney and other star performers at the Olympic Games opening ceremony were paid just 1 pound (S$1.96) for their efforts, London 2012 confirmed on Monday. Beatles star McCartney - who closed the showpiece event - signed a contract for the 1 pound token amount, alongside Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal, Underworld and Emeli Sande. "The top talent basically gave their services for free," a London 2012 spokesman told AFP. "But in order to have a formal contract for their services you have to show an amount, so that was set at a pound which enables them to have a contractual arrangement." Ms Sande, 25, who sang the hymn Abide With Me at Friday's event, said she was waiting for her fee to hit her bank account.

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