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Liverpool leads global tributes as crowds gather to commemorate the life of John Lennon

Liverpool, England -- Fans of the late Beatle John Lennon came together last night in Liverpool to pay their respects to the music legend as the world marked the 31st anniversary.

Crowds of people from all over the world gathered at the "Peace & Harmony" monument dedicated to John in its new location at Kings Dock outside of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena by the River Mersey. They took part in a moving candlelit vigil and were led in song by local musicians.

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The vigil marks just the second time that Liverpool has had a place for people to gather to celebrate the life of Lennon and his legacy of peace through his music. The "Peace & Harmony" monument was unveiled in October 9th 2010 on the 70th anniversary of Lennon's birth by his son Julian and first wife Cynthia to worldwide media acclaim.

Even the extreme weather conditions couldn't dampen the event, which later continued with an impromptu jam session at the Beatles Story Starbucks cafe nearby on the Albert Dock.

Jerry Goldman, MD of Beatles Story comments, "No amount of adverse weather conditions could dampen the spirits of Lennon fans as they made the pilgrimage to Liverpool to celebrate John's life.

"Like last year's inaugural vigil this has been a fitting tribute to a son of the city. The atmosphere at the 'Peace & Harmony' monument has been incredible with people from all over the world gathering to pay their respects and contemplate John's message of peace. Liverpool has once again done itself proud."

Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said, "The people who braved the weather to gather at the monument on the piazza outside ACC Liverpool reiterated the importance of remembering such an important musical icon.

"Liverpool is proud of its rich heritage and, together with Paul McCartney performing at Echo Arena on December 20th, this is a time to remember the legacy that these individuals have brought to the city."

Published December 9, 2011

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