The man admitted to the BBC that he and his friends were very drunk when they put up the banner in 1976, nine years after the Beatles became world-famous in the street thanks to their song of the same name. “Now that I’m older, I’d like to bring it back,” he says. “It goes back to Liverpool, where I spent six wonderful years as a student and where I also met my wife.” The two have been together now for 44 years.
Beatles fans have picked up Penny Lane street signs over the years, but according to the museum, this is the oldest example to date. The sign, which is actually still in good condition, will have a nice place in the museum.
Dan Barrington, Liverpool City Council’s transport adviser, told the BBC that removing street signs was a criminal offence. In principle, perpetrators of such crimes could receive imprisonment. But it doesn’t come to that after all these years. “Considering that this place is so old and the signal is now back where it belongs after a long, crazy journey, I think we can all agree to… leave it that way.
In English this becomes appropriate: “We can all agree…so be it.”
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