Police told the Liverpool Echo Aug. 30 they are searching for the culprit who desecrated the legendary Strawberry Field gates with yellow paint. Jackie Spencer of Beatles Guides.com told Beatles Examiner Aug. 29 she saw the vandalism while leading a tour group.
“We are extremely disappointed that the replica gates to Strawberry Field have been vandalised,” said a spokesman for the Salvation Army, which owns the grounds. “We replaced the original gates with a replica in 2011, so that the original gates could be taken into storage at a secure location. The originals are over 100 years old, and the replicas were made to be identical replacements for visitors and tourists. It’s saddening to have our worries about the gates confirmed, but we are thankful that the original gates remain safe.”
The spokesman said the current gates will be repainted and asked anyone with information on the incident to report it to the police.
An area resident told the Echo, “It’s a busy main road, I don’t know how someone could have done this and not been spotted.”
The Strawberry Field orphanage inspired the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
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