Ono: John's still with me in spirit
Yoko Ono has recalled the tender relationship she shared with husband John Lennon and said she still felt his spirit with her 30 years after his death.
During a visit to his childhood home in Liverpool, she said: "He was a very sweet and gentle person at home, he would make an effort and he would say 'love is something you have to water every day'. I don't know how he knew this but I was lucky to have someone like that with me."
The legendary musician would've celebrated his 70th birthday on October 9 if his life had not been cut tragically short when he was shot outside his New York home in 1980, aged just 40.
Yoko said she felt Lennon was still assisting her in her various endeavours as artist, musician and peace campaigner.
She said: "I'm doing a lot of things now and I think 'well how am I doing it?' and I think that John's probably helping me."
In honour of his birthday Yoko first visited Dovedale School in Liverpool where she also opened a new Sure Start children's centre. Lennon attended both infants and junior school there.
Yoko also looked at some of the centre's facilities including a sensory room and a walking piano which she donated to the school after seeing it in the film Big.
After her visit she made her way to Mendips in Woolton, the semi-detached family home John shared with his aunt Mimi from 1945 to 1963.
She bought the house in 2003 and donated it to the National Trust so that it would be preserved in the same state as when Lennon lived there.
Yoko will travel from her home in New York to Iceland on Lennon's birthday to light the Imagine Peace Tower.