LENNON AIRPORT PLANS TAKE FLIGHT

The Beatles legend's widow says the star would have been "very proud" that his home city has honoured him in this way...

JOHN LENNON‘s widow YOKO ONO said the murdered BEATLE would have been “very proud” to have LIVERPOOL airport named after him.

She was speaking this morning (July 2) at a ceremony to unveil the new-look logo for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, as the city’s Speke Airport will be officially known from Spring 2002.

The logo features a self-portrait pencil sketch by Lennon above the legend “above us only sky” – taken from one of his best-known solo tracks, ‘Imagine’.

“Thank you very, very much for remembering John and for loving John. I am delighted Liverpool has decided to honour John in this way,” she said.

John always reminded of us of the sense of fun in life. I hope the airport will send a great message to all corners of the world. As John said there is no hell below us, above us only skies. It is beautiful. John would have been very proud. Thank you.”

Ono was also presented with a scaled-down version of the statue of Lennon that will sit in the new £32.5 million terminal in the airport, due for completion in Spring.

The statue, which will weigh half a tonne and stand 7 feet 6 inches tall, shows Lennon wearing a suit and T-shirt, with his trademark round glasses and hair slicked back.