If you’re listening to KOOL-FM (and I assume you are since you’re on KOOLradio.com), you already know the importance of Abbey Road as a [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] fan. It’s good to know that Britain’s minister for tourism and heritage finally figured that out, too!
(Courtesy of Chris Cope – Spinner)
The Abbey Road zebra crossing has made history by being the first of its kind to gain a listed status.
The crossing, made famous the Beatles’ 1969 album ‘Abbey Road,’ has been listed as Grade II — a status usually reserved for buildings and monuments of national significance, the BBC reported.
A great number of Beatles fans descend onto the road in London every year to replicate the famous album cover, whilst the renowned Abbey Road Studios — where the 1969 album was recorded — had been given a Grade II status back in February after threat of closure.
Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose said, “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10 minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.”
After the Beatles finally agreed a deal to make their songs available on iTunes, it has been somewhat of a successful year for the Liverpool band. And, as Sir Paul McCartney said, the Grade II listings have been the “icing on the cake.”
He added, “It’s been a great year for me and a great year for the Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake.”