Events will run across the city from October 9

The life and music of John Lennon is to be celebrated with a two-month festival in Liverpool.

Starting on October 9, which would have been Lennon‘s 70th birthday, the bash will run to December 9, the day after the 30th anniversary of when he was fatally shot in New York.

John Lennon is one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century and a Liverpool lad who became known in every corner of the globe,” Liverpool‘s lord mayor Mike Storey told BBC News. “His enduring message of peace is as important now as ever and continues to be an inspiration to many.”

He added: “The John Lennon tribute season will allow us to remember him as a man, celebrate his music, and his overall contribution to our city.”

Closing with a tribute concert entitled ‘Lennon Remembered’ at the Echo Arena on December 9, other events due to take place include a birthday celebration at the Cavern Club on October 9 and a Lennon-inspired poetry competition.

Meanwhile, Sean Ono Lennon has defended John Lennon’s appearance in Citroen car advert, despite receiving criticism from fans.