10 Oct 2010

Monument to Lennon unveiled in Liverpool

9:39 am on 10 October 2010

A monument to John Lennon has been unveiled in Liverpool by his first wife Cynthia and son Julian on what would have been his 70th birthday.

The statue is intended to act as a shrine for fans who want to pay tribute to the late Beatle in his home city.

In the shape of a globe with doves flying above, it is also designed to be a monument for peace.

Lennon was born in Liverpool on 9 October 1940.

Unveiling the statue, Julian said: "We come here with our hearts to honour dad and pray for peace and say thank you to each and every one of you and everybody involved in the celebrations today."

Cynthia, 71, was married to Lennon from 1962-68.

December will see the 30th anniversary of his murder.

The BBC reports about 2000 people attended the event in Chavasse Park. They included original Beatles drummer Pete Best, who said the statue "captures all the aspirations" of Lennon.

The statue was created by US artist Lauren Voiers, 19. It was commissioned by the Global Peace Initiative, based in California.