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George Harrison Townlands Hospital memorial planned

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Plans for a permanent memorial to George Harrison at a community hospital in Oxfordshire are under way. Townlands Hospital in Henley-on-Thames is undergoing an £8.7m upgrade after campaigners fought to keep it open.

A spokeswoman for the late Beatle's family said it was in talks with the hospital's League of Friends to "create a lasting memorial to George Harrison within the proposed redevelopment". Harrison lived in the town until his death in 2001. The spokeswoman added: "It will very much be something to support and aid the local community rather than a statue or plaque." A petition started by resident James Lambert in 2012 to erect a statue in the town was halted after a response from the star's widow, Olivia. Mr Lambert said: "The Harrison family were reticent to have a more formal landmark, but what better initiative to get involved in than the redevelopment of Townlands. "It's great news, and it will be very welcomed and embraced by the whole of Henley.

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Source: BBC News Oxford

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