Beatles fan re-paints Strawberry Fields gates
AN angry Beatles fan fed up of years of neglect at Strawberry Field took matters into his own hands over the weekend.
Colin Unwin, 61, travelled from Manchester and spent Saturday painting the famous gates in their original pillar box red.
Colin, who visits Liverpool 14 times a year to re-visit Beatles sites said he was fed up of the neglect and destruction of a key Beatles attraction.
He cleaned off all the graffiti ready for new fans to write their names and removed all the weeds from the overgrown entrance and path.
The janitor of Rochdale Fire Station, said: “I have watched the decline of the site over the past 18 months and decided enough was enough.
“I can’t believe that no-one is looking after the gates which are full of detail and still attract thousands of Beatles fans every year.
“The Beatles were the best band in the world but these gates have been left, stolen, found and pieces stolen off them over the years.”
Colin contacted the Salvation Army, who still own the site after their children’s home on the site closed in January 2005.
They said they were happy for Colin to carry out improvements on the gates.
The name of the home became world famous in 1967, with the release of The Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever".
Lennon’s house backed on to the home in Woolton and he used to play near the home and attend their summer parties THE ECHO