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The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields’ Site in England Might Get Re-Opened to Public

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Nearly a decade after it was closed, the former children’s home that inspired John Lennon‘s classic Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is set to re-open.

The BBC reports that the Liverpool building, which is currently owned by The Salvation Army, plans to convert it into a training center for people with learning difficulties.

The organization also has plans to open the site for public visits. Although a spokesperson stressed that this is all in the “early consultation stage,” the hopes are to return the original distinctive red gates, which were placed in storage in 2011, to the entrance.

Strawberry Field was in the news last year, when a vandal defaced the replacement gates with yellow paint and wrote “There is always a field for imagination. John you know you should be glad” on an adjacent wall.

At the time, the Salvation Army seemed inclined to keep the originals locked up; as the organization said in a statement at the time of the incident, “It’s saddening to have our worries about the gates confirmed, but we are thankful that the original gates remain safe.”

Whether the new building is open to the public or not, it shouldn’t be much more than a footnote for curious Beatles fans, as the original structure was demolished in the 1970s.

“It’s about enhancing the lives of young people,” said the spokesperson. “Preparing them for work and giving them a work-based training center.”

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