We think of historic landmarks as structures, usually, or works of art. But how about a street crossing? In England, one such crosswalk is now protected thanks to four lads from Liverpool and an album cover shoot.
It’s what called a “listed status” in England, and the street crossing made famous by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm]’ album Abbey Road has been designated “Level II Status” – usually reserved for buildings or other historic landmarks.
“This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm] and a 10 minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage,” said Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose.
The move is the cherry on top of the sundae for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm], who have cleaned up in 2010 – especially after making their back catalog available online via iTunes.
“It’s been a great year for me and a great year for the Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake,” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] said.