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‘And in the end...’: the Abbey Road zebra crossing is listed

The world-famous zebra crossing near Abbey Road Studios in London has been listed Grade II by John Penrose Minister for Tourism and Heritage

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Following expert advice from English Heritage, the crossing becomes the first of its kind ever to be listed, reflecting its cultural and historical importance. The Abbey Road studios themselves were listed in February.

John Penrose said: “It is a fantastic testimony to the international fame of The Beatles that - more than 40 years on - this crossing continues to attract thousands of visitors each year, trying to mimic their iconic Abbey Road album cover.”

Paul McCartney added “It’s been a great year for me and a great year for The Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake.”

John Penrose continued “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a ten minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage.  And as such it merits the extra protection that Grade II listing provides.”

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Published 26 July 2012