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Strawberry Field forever: reopening Beatles landmark long overdue, resident says

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The Salvation Army's plan to open the long-closed Strawberry Field building in Liverpool, which inspired John Lennon's Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” will be good for the city and fans, a Liverpool Beatles tour guide told Beatles Examiner March 16.

“I think it's a shame that the place has been closed for so long and am really happy that it will once again be used for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Liverpool,” said Jackie Spencer of Beatle Guides.com. “The proposed use is great because it also benefits Beatle fans. It will make a great coffee or lunch stop on my tour that will in turn add real value to the community.”

The Strawberry Field site, located in the Woolton section of Liverpool, is to be reopened by the owner, Salvation Army, as a training center for people with learning difficulties, the BBC reported March 14. A spokesman told the BBC the re-opening may include bringing back the original gates, which were put in storage in 2011.

The gates were vandalized last summer by someone who sprayed yellow paint over the red gates.

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