HARRISON MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED

The flag flies at half-mast over Liverpool Town Hall...

A memorial service in memory of late Beatles GEORGE HARRISON is being planned in his native LIVERPOOL.

As reported earlier today on NME.COM, Harrison died yesterday in LA following a long battle against cancer.

Now, local politicians in Liverpool have announced that a special memorial event will take place in the city in the coming days as a mark of respect.

The flag over Liverpool Town Hall is currently at half-mast and books of condolence have already been opened at Liverpool Town Hall and other Beatles landmarks across the city.

Council leader Councillor Mike Storey said: &quotHe was one of the most influential figures in the music industry over the last forty years, both through his work with Beatles and then later as a solo writer, performer and successful film-maker. There can’t be many people who don’t have a CD in their collection featuring his work.

&quotEveryone who knew of George Harrison knew he was a true Scouser who never forgot his roots. He was a great ambassador for the city. Our thoughts go out to his wife, his family and friends at this sad time.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gerry Scott added: “George Harrison was one of the great Liverpudlians. He was a warm, peace-loving man who was much more than just a talented musician.

&quotHe was a deeply thoughtful and caring human being. He led his life in a quiet, wonderful way. He was the gentle and considerate member of the Beatles, the most talented group of individuals to come out of Liverpool.

&quotHe was a special individual who cared about the world and his fellow man. He will be missed by everyone in his home city.”

Harrison, along with the rest of Beatles, was awarded the Freedom of Liverpool in 1984. Final details of the memorial service are will be revealed in the coming days.

Elsewhere, fans are reported to be paying their respects by laying flowers outside his estate in Henley-on-Thames.