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John Lennon's Strawberry Field revived

Press Association logoPress Association 17/02/2017 By Pat Hurst, Press Association

Strawberry Field, which inspired one of the Beatles' greatest hits, will open its gates to the public under plans to revive the historic site.

The former Salvation Army children's home in Liverpool, where John Lennon played as a child, will be redeveloped by the charity.

The charity has launched a public appeal for funds - 50 years to the day in 1967 since Strawberry Fields Forever was released in the UK as a double-A side single with Penny Lane.

Plans will include a training and work placements hub for young people with learning disabilities, a haven for spiritual exploration and an exhibition on the place, the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

The site is close to where John Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi, after being handed over to her care by his mother.

The woods around the children's home were said to be a place of peace and refuge from Lennon's troubled childhood, where he went to play with friends, climb trees and dream hours away.

The site is still a popular stop for Beatles fans who pose for photos and scrawl their names on the stone gate posts.

Peter Hooton, lead singer of The Farm and chairman of The Beatles Legacy Group has endorsed the plan.

"I can think of no better way Strawberry Field could be re-developed in such an innovative way, which gives hope and job opportunities to vulnerable young people, whilst making a valuable and worthwhile contribution to The Beatles Legacy in Liverpool."

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