Beatles tour guide restores famous Strawberry Field gates to original red

Friday, September 06, 2013

A Beatles tour guide took matters into his own hands after the city’s famous Strawberry Field gates were painted yellow. Joey Lyons, who runs the popular Hard Day’s Night taxi tours, seized the initiative by buying three pots of red paint – and restoring the replica gates to their former colour himself.

But the Salvation Army, which owns the site, was less than impressed with Joey’s solo effort, calling it “vandalism.” Joey said he felt he had to do something after seeing how upset visitors were when they saw the iconic gates – made famous by the John Lennon-penned Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever – painted partially yellow, along with an adjacent wall. Lennon was inspired to write the song by his childhood memories of the former Strawberry Field childrens’ home in Woolton.

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Source: Liverpool Echo

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