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2001-Jul-03: The John Lennon Airport A "Good Move"

The idea of renaming the Liverpool airport in honor of John Lennon has received the full backing of Sir Paul who is quoted as describing the tribute as a "good move". Neil Pakey, commercial director of the airport, said Paul McCartney's name had not been included in the renaming because it was a celebration of a full lifetime:  "Around the world airports named after individuals tend to be a celebration of their entire life and that is a trend we decided to follow. We have had messages of support from Sir Paul McCartney's agent and his brother, who both seem to recognize that it is a good idea."

Mike McCartney, Sir Paul's brother who still lives on Merseyside, agreed that it was a great idea. "They already have the American airport named after John F. Kennedy, so why not name Liverpool after John Lennon? I am sure the people of Liverpool will be very pleased about it," he said.

During her Liverpool visit yesterday for the unveiling of the new airport logo (a cartoon self-portrait of John with the strapline "above us only sky"), Yoko Ono told the Liverpool Echo newspaper that she would also like to see John Lennon's childhood home preserved and opened up to the public:   "That house meant an awful lot to John. I heard so much about it from him. When I came here with John and we drove past Mendips he would always point at it and say 'that's it, that's it'.  I am aware that it is up for sale and I think it should be properly honored like Paul McCartney's place.  John's childhood home is just as important as Paul's and maybe the city of Liverpool should look at opening it up as some sort of landmark."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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