Fans recreate Beatles' Abbey Road cover on 50th anniversary

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hundreds of music fans have descended on north London's most famous zebra crossing to recreate a Beatles' album cover.

Today marks the 50th anniversary that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were photographed crossing Abbey Road, which would form the cover art for their 11th studio album.

The album, titled Abbey Road, was the last the band ever recorded.

Throughout the day, Beatles fans have been posing for pictures on the crossing, attempting to recreate the 1969 snap.

A web cam which livestreams footage of the zebra crossing onto the Abbey Road Studios website captured the attempts of passers-by.

One fan took a different approach, sprawling out across the tarmac to take a selfie.

And a four-strong group opted for the traditional stride.

A number of Beatles lookalikes also descended on the site throughout the day to mark the occasion, including tribute act Fab Four.

One superfan told talkRADIO he had been growing his hair for a year to look like his idol, George Harrison.

"I wanted to be here when the 50th happened and clearly a lot of people had the same idea," he said.

"Around a year ago I started growing my hair out to match George. I wanted to do him some justice and make sure he got the representation he deserved."

The event was also attended by a number of anti-Brexit protesters, who carried flags bearing the slogan "All EU need is love", in reference to the Beatles track, Love Is All You Need.

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