Ono Buys Lennon's Childhood Home

Yoko Ono has bought the childhood home of her late husband John Lennon. Ono said she purchased the Liverpool, England, house at 251 Menlove Ave. where Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi and where the Qua

Yoko Ono has bought the childhood home of her late husband John Lennon. Ono said she purchased the Liverpool, England, house at 251 Menlove Ave. where Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi and where the Quarry Men and the Beatles rehearsed. The house is to go to The National Trust, which already owns former Beatle Paul McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool's Allerton district and opens it to the public.

"I am thrilled that we have managed to buy John's main childhood home," Ono said. "It is especially pleasing that we will be able to keep such an important part of John's and the Beatles' history intact and out of the hands of unsympathetic private developers." A 1986 Lennon album featuring outtakes from the "Walls and Bridges" and "Rock'N'Roll" recording sessions was named after the street.

Ono will join Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie Booth, at the northwestern city's airport on today to unveil a statue of Lennon at the renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport.


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