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Beatles honour.

THE world-famous zebra crossing which features on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road sleeve has been given "listed" status by the Government.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are seen crossing the road in Ian Macmillan's cover shot, later emulated by dozens of other bands.

The crossing - just outside the renowned Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles recorded much of their output - has been given Grade II listing by heritage minister John Penrose.

Sir Paul welcomed the news today, saying: "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."

It is the first such listing of its kind - such status is normally afforded only to buildings.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 23, 2010
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