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Penny Lane street sign stolen by drunk students finally returned to Liverpool

3 months ago

By The Guide Liverpool

Penny Lane street sign stolen by drunk students finally returned to Liverpool
Penny Lane street sign Credit: PA / The Beatles Story / LCR

The sign was stolen in 1976, nine years after the road was made famous when the Beatles’ single of the same name was released.

A Penny Lane street sign stolen by drunk students has been returned to Liverpool – 47 years after the theft.

The sign was taken in 1976, nine years after the road was made famous when the Beatles’ single of the same name was released.

Earlier this year, The Beatles Story museum was contacted by an anonymous former student who said he wanted to send the “totally pristine” sign back to the city.

The man, who described the petty thieves as “worse for wear” when they stole the sign, said:

“Because I am getting on a bit now, I want to return it to the Pool, where I spent six very happy years as a student, undergrad then postgrad, including meeting my wife of 44 years.

“Obviously, Liverpool is where the sign should now spend the rest of its days.”

Manager of The Beatles Story Mary Chadwick, with Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, holding the Penny Lane street sign. Credit: PA / The Beatles Story / LCR
Manager of The Beatles Story Mary Chadwick, with Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, holding the Penny Lane street sign. Credit: PA / The Beatles Story / LCR

The sign is not the only one to have been stolen from the road, in the Mossley Hill area of the city but museum bosses say it is the oldest one to be returned.

Cllr Dan Barrington, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for transport, said:

“The removal of street signs is a criminal offence which can lead to a prison sentence.

“However, given the history of this case and the fact this Penny Lane has got back to where it belongs after what looks like a long and winding journey, then I think we can all agree to just let it be.”

The sign is on display in the museum on Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, holding a Penny Lane street sign. Credit: PA / The Beatles Story / LCR
Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram, holding a Penny Lane street sign. Credit: PA / The Beatles Story / LCR

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said:

“Penny Lane is so much more than a simple street that inspired a song all those years ago – it’s a music time capsule immortalised by those four boys who shook the world.

“But the true meaning of the song isn’t in the street name or sign – it’s the sights and characters that Paul McCartney recalled from his time growing up here.

“It’s the nurse, banker, fireman and barber who all brought the street to life – they are the real treasure of Penny Lane.

“That being said, it’s great to see something which holds so much significance finally returned to its rightful home after nearly half a century.

“Penny Lane is in our ears and in our eyes – and this time it’s for keeps.”

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