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Fans cause big traffic jam in celebration of Abbey Road 45th anniversary

Friday was the 45th anniversary of the day the Beatles were photographed crossing Abbey Road for what later became possibly the most famous album cover of all time. Back in 1969, the streeet appeared quiet, but not day, according to Keith Moore, who was there.

Fans gather on the Abbey Road crosswalk to celebrate the day the Beatles were photographed for the "Abbey Road" album cover.
Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Actors dressed as the Beatles prepare to cross Abbey Road for celebration of the day the cover was photographed.
Keith Moore - used by permission.

“It was a crazy morning. (There were) a few hundred people there, a fun atmosphere and lots of press,” he said. “The motorists were going crazy. It a very busy road these days, not like it was in '69.”

The ceremony featured singing and celebrities. “Some of the musicians from (the tribute show) 'Let It Be' took part, and played a few songs on the pavement with everyone singing along. Then they walked across the street at the exact time as The Beatles crossed it,” he said. Also on hand was actor Andrew Lancel, who plays Brian Epstein in the play “Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles” that just opened in London.

"It's 45 years to the minute since The Beatles posed for this picture. It only took 10 minutes to do and since then god knows how many millions of people have crossed. We reckon about 200,000 people a year cross Abbey Road to replicate this picture," said Richard Porter of Beatles in London.com, who helped organize the event, told the UK Telegraph.

The paper reported today that a “lollipop lady” or crossing guard is being considered for the zebra crosswalk for safety reasons. ''Safety concerns at the crossing are being discussed and we are looking at the options,” a spokesman told the paper. “We're looking at what the best thing is to do.”