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Yoko wishes all the best for Bluecoat.

Byline: By JOE RILEY Arts Editor

YOKO Ono is giving Liverpool a "wishing tree" to be planted in the city centre.

The public will be invited to hang messages on the branches as part of the re-opening celebrations of the Bluecoat arts centre.

John Lennon's widow will also give a show at the Bluecoat on April 6 - recalling her first appearance there as an artist in 1967.

The event details are described as "a surprise", but it could well reflect Ms Ono's original visit when she smashed a jug and gave out the pieces, suggesting people meet up again in years to come to reassemble the item.

Tickets for the show, costing pounds 15, and available on the Bluecoat website from noon today, are expected to sell quickly.

The Yoko wishing tree, which will form part of a six week exhibition, beginning on March 15, will later be planted in the Bluecoat's garden courtyard.

The exhibition will also include a four-minute black and white TV film of Yoko's 1967 visit - two years before she married John Lennon. She had been invited to Liverpool after a Liverpool art school teacher spotted her work at Alexandra Palace, London.

Bluecoat artistic director Bryan Biggs said: "This time she is doing a one-hour show."

Yoko's show will take place in the new 200-seater performance space - part of the Bluecoat's pounds 12.5m refurbishment.

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