Beaconsfield Road-based Beatles landmark, Strawberry Field is currently having a big screen moment in the much talked about movie ‘Yesterday’.
The Salvation Army, which owns and is currently transforming the Woolton site beyond its famous red gates, welcomed director Danny Boyle and the crew to film during the demolition and reconstruction phase of its project.
Due to open later this year, the revived Strawberry Field, which was treasured by John Lennon, will feature a training hub for young people with learning disabilities as well as the development of a haven for spiritual exploration and reflection.
A new exhibition on the place, the Fab Four’s famous song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and John Lennon’s early life around Strawberry Field will also open at the site.
A spokesperson for The Salvation Army says: “It was a firm ‘yes’ from The Salvation Army when we were approached by the ‘Yesterday’ production team. It was a great privilege to welcome Danny and let them experience the special place where John climbed trees and dreamed his dreams.
“We had some great conversations with Danny and explained our vision to create a training hub for young adults with learning disabilities and to open the gates for generations of Beatles fans across the globe for the very first time. Danny wished us well with the plans and was keen to get into the t-shirt we presented him with to thank him for the opportunity to be involved.”
‘Yesterday’, which is currently in cinemas, also features a mural by Woolton-born street artist Paul Curtis – the man behind the Abbey Road artwork and the popular ‘For All Liverpool’s Liver Birds’ wings in the Baltic Triangle.