Abbey Road saved for the nation?
Published 18/02/2010 | 09:04
Music fans are campaigning for Abbey Road to be saved - following reports that embattled music group EMI plans to sell the famous recording studios.
Fans have been urging the National Trust to take on the world-famous studios, and discussing the possibility on Facebook and Twitter.
A National Trust spokesman said: "It's not often that the public spontaneously suggests that we should acquire a famous building, however Abbey Road recording studios appear to be very dear to the nation's heart - to the extent that we will take soundings as to whether a campaign is desirable or even feasible."
Earlier this week, Sir Paul McCartney, who recorded most of the Beatles songs at Abbey Road, told BBC's Newsnight that he hoped the studios could be saved.
He said: "There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it. I sympathise with them. I hope they can do something, it'd be great."
EMI's private equity parent Terra Firma is said to be hoping the north London site - made famous by the Beatles album and zebra crossing cover shot - could raise tens of millions of pounds.
The building in St John's Wood could have a price tag of £10 million to £30 million, and the National Trust is asking the public whether they think the studios should be saved.
If there is enough momentum, a National Trust campaign could be launched to buy the studios on behalf of the nation.