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Blue Plaque honouring George Harrison unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool

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Blue Plaque honouring George Harrison unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool
George Harrison and his birthplace in Wavertree. Image credits (l-r): Illustration of 12 Arnold Grove, by Roy Williams © G.H Estate Ltd / © Harrison Family

A national blue plaque celebrating the life and achievements of music icon, songwriter, and humanitarian George Harrison has been unveiled at his birthplace.

This prestigious honour will be unveiled today, 24 May, by George’s wife, Olivia Harrison, alongside Arts, Heritage and Libraries Minister, Lord Parkinson.

George Harrison, one of Liverpool’s most famous sons, had a monumental impact on British and global culture through his contributions to music, film, and humanitarian efforts.

Born in a modest two-up/two-down Victorian terraced house, 12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree, Liverpool. Harrison’s journey from Wavertree to international stardom is a story of inspiration.

Olivia Harrison, George’s wife, said:

“This blue plaque recognition of George’s birthplace is a source of family pride for all the Harrisons, and something that none of us, mainly George, would ever have anticipated. So much of who George was came from being born and spending his earliest years at 12 Arnold Grove, undeniably a part of who George was. He left a footprint on this world, on this country, in this city and on this street.” 

Illustration of 12 Arnold Grove, by Roy Williams © G.H Estate Ltd
Illustration of 12 Arnold Grove, by Roy Williams © G.H Estate Ltd

The unveiling marks the start of the eight-week public nomination period for the new national blue plaque scheme. Everyone is invited to submit their own nominations for the person they would most like to see recognised with a prestigious Historic England blue plaque. 

The national blue plaque scheme is run by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It is designed to highlight the stories of inspirational people, from all walks of life, who have made a significant contribution to human welfare or happiness. 

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England said: 

“For many years, local residents and fans have longed for a blue plaque marking the place where George Harrison’s exceptional life story began. I am thrilled that we can make that a reality and we are now inviting people across England to submit their own nominations for the person they would most like to see recognised in this way. Blue plaques capture the lasting connection between people and places, inspiring local pride now and for generations to come.” 

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: 

“For almost 150 years the London blue plaque scheme has celebrated figures from the past, helping the public to learn about and honour the rich history of the capital. Now everyone across the country has the opportunity to nominate the people who shaped their local area. 

George Harrison. © Harrison Family
George Harrison. © Harrison Family

“There can’t be a more fitting recipient to mark the opening of public nominations than one of Liverpool’s Fab Four, George Harrison. His skill as a musician and songwriter is celebrated all over the world and has inspired many to embark on a career in music, but it is here in the place of his birth that his legacy is strongest felt. 

“I encourage everyone to think about the local heroes they want to see commemorated and nominate them for a blue plaque.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: 

“Throughout his incredible life, George would often come home to Liverpool to re-live the memories that shaped his childhood. His career might have taken him around the world – but he never lost his love for this city. 

“He was also a deeply spiritual man who used his platform to spread a message of peace and acceptance, which are values that Scousers are renowned for. It is for that reason that George will always be regarded as one of Liverpool’s greatest sons and it is wonderful to see a permanent tribute to his life in the community that helped to raise him.” 

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