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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Get Back: council cross with Beatles fans over Abbey Road

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

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The stars of the West End musical 'Let It Be' (from left) Paul Mannion, Manny Angeletti, Ben Lullingworth, and Michael Gagliano, recreate the Beatles' famous Abbey Road crossing
The stars of the West End musical 'Let It Be' (from left) Paul Mannion, Manny Angeletti, Ben Lullingworth, and Michael Gagliano, recreate the Beatles' famous Abbey Road crossing
The Beatles preparing for the shot
The Beatles preparing for the shot
The stars of the West End musical 'Let It Be' play to a large crowd of fans next to the Abbey Road crossing
Three of the stars of the West End musical 'Let It Be' play to a large crowd of fans next to the Abbey Road crossing

TOURISTS flocking to one of Britain's favourite musical landmarks to recreate the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing could see the addition of a "lollipop lady" to their holiday snaps.

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Westminster Council has raised safety fears over the "thousands and thousands" of visitors to the zebra crossing, in St John's Wood, London, made famous by the band in 1969.

In some cases, fans are putting themselves at risk of frustrated drivers who often struggle to make it over the crossing because of the constant stream of pedestrians attempting to recreate the image.

Tourist buses can also cause chaos by double-parking.

A spokesman said: "Safety concerns at the crossing are being discussed and we are looking at the options."

The discussions emerged as the stars of the West End musical 'Let It Be', pictured right, posed for their own photograph on the crossing, exactly 45 years after the album cover was shot.

Irish Independent

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