John Lennon fans around the world are marking what would have been his 70th birthday today from his hometown of Liverpool in the UK to New York, the city where he was shot dead on December 8, 1980.
Unni Lorenstem from Norway, visiting the Lennon memorial in New York’s Central Park, said : “We need his music for peace in the world. We are still hoping for peace in the world like John Lennon did.”
With the thirtieth anniversary of Lennon’s death also this year, there are exhibitions and films to mark the occasion, and some of his music has been re-released.
The sheer amount of merchandising has prompted critics to accuse his widow, Yoko Ono, of cashing in on his memory. She says she is just keeping his message alive.