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Yoko Ono brought together over two thousand people in Central Park yesterday (October 6) to honour what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday later this week. Students, activists, drummers and New York politicians gathered together to form a massive peace symbol in Central park, New York City, at midday. And the huge memorial was also accompanied by performances from musicians including The Kinks' Dave Davies. Here's what happened...

2013's John Lennon Songwriting Contest-winners Command Sisters played to the huge crowd.


Dave Davies was also on the line-up, performing 'Strangers'. He told ABC Radio, "It’s such a great event, and such a great way of celebrating not just John Lennon’s life and legacy but the concept of using imagination to create a better world and a better future… I think it’s a very deep spiritual concept, and I like it."

There were more than 2,000 people in attendance. Ono was going for a Guinness World Record for the largest ever human peace symbol, but didn't quite match the required numbers.


She was actually over 3,000 off her target – the largest ever human peace symbol was made up of 5,814 people in Ithaca, New York in 2009.


It's doubtful that she'd look on it as a failure though.


Especially because the amount of peace and love here was off the scale.


The younger generation got involved in the celebration as well.



The result was this.

Impressive, isn't it?





Job's a goodun.

Ono will now head to Rejkjavik to light up the Imagine Peace tower on October 9, a light installation she opened on John Lennon's birthday eight years ago. The installation, which projects an intense beam of light into the sky, will then be lit most nights during the winter.

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