A new statue of the Beatles entitled “I saw them standing there” has been unveiled on the Pier Head by the three graces in Liverpool. The statue was unveiled by the sister of John Lennon, Julia Baird, and the city deputy mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne.
The statue, which was sculpted by Andrew Edwards, was donated to the City Council by the Cavern Club in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their last performance in Liverpool which took place at the Empire Theatre on the 4th December 1965.
Edwards also created the All Together Now Christmas Truce statue which can be seen at St George’s Hall. The statue weighs 1.2 tonnes and features all four of the Beatles and includes finishing touches that reflect aspects of the City of Liverpool including an L8 on the foot of Ringo Starr.
Speaking to THIS Radio during Daniel and Derrie’s show on Thursdays 12-1pm John Keats of the Cavern Club described the statue as “almost like The Beatles leaving Liverpool to conquer the world”, adding that “The Beatles are bigger than Liverpool, they belonged to the world, but luckily they started here”.
Liverpool Hope University offers a MA programme on The Beatles and Popular Culture which can be found at http://www.hope.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduatecourses/thebeatlespopularmusicandsocietyma/
John Keats, the Director of Cavern City Tours spoke to Daniel and Derrie about the new statue and the impact The Beatles had on the city.
Header Image Credit: Cavern Club 2015