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A VIGIL was being held today for what would have been Beatle George Harrison’s 70th birthday.
Fans of the iconic guitarist were leaving flowers on the Beatles statue in Cavern Walks, off Liverpool’s Matthew Street.
Organisers of the vigil said the theme would be “Imagine”, after the John Lennon song.
John James Chambers, founder of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society, said: “The theme is ‘Imagine’ because we want to send the message of love out of from Liverpool to around the world, for peace and understanding.
“It is only right that we honour George, his character and his creative genius on what would have been his 70th birthday. Musically he was very special and what the Beatles did will never happen again.”
The Beatles’ lead guitarist was born in 1943 in Wavertree’s Arnold Grove. Often described as the “quiet Beatle”, George became an admirer of Indian mysticism and famously collaborated with sitar player Ravi Shankar.
Following the Beatles’ split, he released a succession of solo albums, the most successful being 1970’s triple album All Things Must Pass and 1987’s Cloud Nine.
He was married twice, and lost his battle with lung cancer in 2001.