'Abbey Road' Crosswalk Designated Heritage SIte
December 24, 2010 at 7:58 AM (PT)
The British government has designated the legendary LONDON zebra crossing featured on the cover of THE BEATLES' album "Abbey Road" as a heritage site, reports AFP. Heritage minister JOHN PENROSE said the decision to list the black-and-white crossing in north LONDON was a "fantastic testimony to the international fame of the Beatles".
The 1969 album cover shows PAUL MCCARTNEY, JOHN LENNON, GEORGE HARRISON and RINGO STARR walking across the road to the ABBEY ROAD studios, where it was recorded. "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," MCCARTNEY said.
It is the first time that BRITAIN has given so-called Grade II status to a site that is not a building.
You can view a live feed of that crossing (from the opposite angle) here.