Friday, May 13, 2011

Strawberry Fields Landmark Removed

Strawberry Fields Landmark Removed
By VVN Music

Another Liverpool landmark may be biting the dust. Just like the tearing down of Ringo Starr's home, the gates of Strawberry Fields have been removed.

The Salvation Army owns the land where the Strawberry Fields is located on which a Children's Home once stood. The difference in this case compared to Starr's house is that those gates are being put into storage for safe keeping and are being replaced by replicas made by a local metal worker and donated to the group. The concern of the organization was the general toll taken on the gates by both the weather and by the thousands of fans per year who touch the gates.

Major Ray Irving, the director of social services, told the Liverpool Echo "Although care has been taken to ensure the original gates to the site have remained in good condition, inevitably time has taken its toll. When Mr Bennett got in touch with us in 2010 and explained that he was creating a set of replica gates as a project, we were very interested. This means that the original gates can be kept safe from further deterioration and, with the replica gates in place, allow for an authentic experience for the many thousands of people who come on a musical pilgrimage to Strawberry Field."

The land where the home once stood is still not being utilized, but plans are in the works to develop the parcel into a center for youths with learning disabilities.

(This is nice, at least they're not tearing it down and plan on giving it an authetic feel with the replica gates and still leaving Strawberry Fields there for all who go and see it. It's a must see for any Beatles' fan, music fan or tourist to Liverpool.)

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