A piece of Beatles history is closing its doors. Strawberry Fields, the children’s home that inspired one of John Lennon’s most famous Beatles songs, is shutting down forever. The home is located in Woolton, Liverpool, and was founded back in 1936. The facility is owned by The Salvation Army, and has been a landmark Beatles shrine for fans around the world. The building’s management has said that the current trend of placing children in foster homes has made Strawberry Fields commercially unviable.
Marion Drew, a spokesperson for The Salvation Army, told XFM: “Care for young people has moved on significantly and we are responding to that change. We have to give two years' notice of closure, which we did yesterday, but there is no precise date for closure yet.”
To preserve the site, Yoko Ono donated more than £50,000 back in 1984. Lennon himself even left money to the organization in his will. In a movement to save Strawberry Fields, the British Beatles Fan Club is asking Ono, or any other benefactor, to step in and help. Club spokesman Dave Bedford said: “It's a pilgrimage site for many Beatles' fans. Along with The Cavern and Penny Lane it's one of the main places they want to see when they visit Liverpool."