Lennon’s early home opens to public

THE home where John Lennon grew up and wrote some of the early Beatles hits was yesterday officially opened to the public by his widow Yoko Ono.

Ono bought her husband’s childhood home, Mendips, last year after its previous owner died.

John Lennon lived at Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue, in Woolton, Liverpool, from the age of five to 23, when he left to enjoy the fame and fortune derived from the astounding success of the Beatles.

The porch of the house is where Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, and later rehearsed with Paul McCartney. The two later became some of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century.

Ono donated it to the National Trust to be preserved for the public and it has since been restored to the way it would have looked when Lennon lived there with his Aunt Mimi.

“It’s so magic to be here,” Ono said yesterday. “The spirit that changed the world profoundly has been remembered in this familiar place.

“John was a uniquely brilliant man. And it gives me great pleasure to see Mendips restored as a permanent memory of a place that formed him and his amazing talents. It was, after all, where some of John’s songs that we now hold so dear were born.”

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