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“Strawberry Fields” To Reopen

 

The site that inspired John Lennon to write the Beatles' hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" may be reopening.

The Salvation Army, which owns the Liverpool building that it once used as a children's home called Strawberry Field, has announced plans to re-establish a "training center for people with learning difficulties" on the site and is also considering allowing public access so the building can become a tourist attraction.

The plan presented to the Liverpool city council also includes bringing back the original red gates at the entrance, which have been in storage since 2011. All of this is in what a spokesperson calls the "early consultation stage," with plans to be firmed up in the near future.

"Strawberry Fields Forever” was the first song recorded during sessions for the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album; it was instead released as a double A-sided single with "Penny Lane" during February of 1967, hitting No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 in the U.K.