Beatles: Strawberry Field site opens as tourist attraction

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Image caption About 60,000 music followers go to the Strawberry Field gates yearly

The youngsters’s residence that impressed The Beatles’ well-known tune Strawberry Fields Forever is to open its gates as a tourist attraction and youth centre.

Music icon John Lennon “found sanctuary” within the gardens of the Strawberry Field residence in Woolton, Liverpool as a younger boy.

The grounds gained notoriety with The Beatles’ followers after it was immortalised by the band in 1967.

The Salvation Army site will open on Saturday.

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Image caption John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird stated Strawberry Field was her brother’s “special place”

Every yr an estimated 60,000 vacationers go to the surface of the Beaconsfield Road site, which was run by the charity from 1936 till 2005. It has been closed since then.

Lennon’s sister Julia Baird, 72, stated as a baby the musician would clamber over the wall to get to “his special place”.

“As children we all have somewhere that’s a bit ours, a bit special,” she stated.

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Image caption There might be an onsite exhibition of The Beatles’ artefacts, together with John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics
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Image caption Strawberry Fields Forever was launched as a double A-side single with Penny Lane in 1967

Speaking concerning the venture, Ms Baird stated: “I think he would have loved it, because he himself was not mainstream and was very aware of it.”

The centre will host an exhibition on Lennon’s adolescence and can present coaching for younger individuals with studying disabilities.

Anthony Cotterill, from the Salvation Army, stated: “John Lennon found sanctuary here as a child and that’s exactly what we want to offer by opening the Strawberry Field gates for good.”

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Image caption John Lennon’s sister stated the musician “would have loved” the younger individuals’s coaching facility

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