Yoko saves Lennon's childhood home for the nation

Yoko Ono has bought her late husband John Lennon's childhood home to save it for the nation.

Yoko Ono has bought her late husband John Lennon's childhood home to save it for the nation.

Ono, who will visit Liverpool on Friday, has bought the house in the city which he lived in with his aunt Mimi, 251 Menlove Avenue.

She had wanted to ensure the house - at which he wrote early Beatles hit Please Please Me - remained in the hands of the people of Liverpool and has donated it to the National Trust.

There had been fears that the property would go to someone who may have had little sympathy for its unique place in the history of popular music.

At one stage there were concerns that a private overseas company would buy it.

Ono gave her backing to a campaign to save the building when she visited Lennon's old school Dovedale Primary last year and received an honorary degree from Liverpool University.

The house - where his teenage band The Quarry Men and then The Beatles rehearsed - had been on the market for months and is thought to have cost in excess of £150,000. Lennon has described the home as "a nice semi-detached place with a small garden". He wrote Please Please Me in the bedroom.

Ono worked anonymously through a third party to secure the property as a reminder of his work and links to the city.

She said: "I am thrilled that we have managed to buy John's main childhood home. It is especially pleasing that we will be able to keep such an important part of John's and The Beatles' history intact and out of the hands of unsympathetic private developers.

"I think Menlove Avenue has an important place in Beatles history and it saddened me to think that it might be lost. The fact that this is happening in the same week that Liverpool Airport is officially opened as Liverpool John Lennon Airport would have made my husband very happy."

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