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2001-Jun-12: For Sale

The wooden stage at St. Peter's Church hall in Woolton, Liverpool where on July 6, 1957 Paul McCartney first met and made music with John Lennon has been earmarked for demolition to make way for a new lobby and storage area for the church.  Although the church authorities concede that the stage has "local historical and cultural significance" they feel that it has no architectural merit and does not contribute to the original character of the building. Liverpool authorities, in an effort to hold on to this important piece of their cultural heritage,  have offered to remove the stage and store it until its future can be decided.   The church, however, may want to sell it to the highest bidder.  According to the vicar of St. Peter's Church, Canon John Roberts, the stage is  "dangerous, full of splinters, and totally inappropriate for the needs of the more than 450 people who use it on a regular basis."   Furthermore, he adds: "We might discover that there is quite a lot of money attached to this which would enable us to complete the work to a higher standard than is possible with current funds, when I see what they sold John Lennon's guitar for, and the original church fete program went at Sotheby's for thousands of pounds." Others, such as  Liverpool Beatles tour guide Paula Copella, hope the stage will remain in Liverpool: :  "It would be great to see the stage preserved and put on display where people can enjoy it. It would be such a shame to look back on this in a few years and realize we wasted an opportunity to keep our heritage, which is exactly what happened when some bright spark decided it would be a good idea to flatten the Cavern Club."

Also for sale in Woolton, Liverpool is Mendips, at 251 Menlove Avenue where John Lennon lived with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated in 1945.   Although an oval plaque, unveiled on the 20th anniversary of John's death, hangs above the porch of the home where John, Paul and George used to meet to make music, the National Trust, which now owns Paul McCartney's family home, has no plans to buy the property.  The National Trust has stated that they purchased the McCartney home because: "It is the place where Love Me Do and I Saw Her Standing There were written, and there are fantastic photographs of the group performing there. We have no intention to buy any of the other former homes of the Beatles, since they do not have the same significance."   Thus, the present owner plans to offer John Lennon's home for sale over the Internet.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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