Beatles fan John James Chambers
THE nearly men of Liverpool legends The Beatles could soon be immortalised forever in the city’s streets.
The council have agreed to consider naming roads after drummer Pete Best and bassist Stuart Sutcliffe.
The two musicians, along with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, could also be granted the Freedom of the City with campaigners determined to lobby for the honour.
Paul McCartney Way, John Lennon Drive, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive, in Kensington, honour the Fab Four while Brian Epstein is remembered in nearby Epstein Court.
But John James Chambers, founder of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society International, and fellow members, feel Best and Sutcliffe have been overlooked in the city’s history.
Speaking on Mathew Street, in the Cavern Quarter, Mr Chambers said: “Sutcliffe and Best are very much a part of the early history of The Beatles – both went to Hamburg in the early days and developed the Merseybeat sound and got a following for the band – they should be recognised.
“A lot of tourists who come to the city see those named streets but wonder why Best and Sutcliffe are kept out of the story.
“It’s important we keep telling people about the part these men played in the most influential band in the world.”