The iconic 'Abbey Road' cover was shot 45 years ago today (August 8)
A lollipop lady could be set to guard London’s Abbey Road zebra crossing, as made famous by The Beatles.
The Mirror reports that Westminster City councillor Lindsey Hall has said a lollipop lady will hopefully become a feature of the iconic London landmark, in order to make the area safer in the face of the thousands of tourists who re-create the cover of The Beatles 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ every year.
Hall commented: “It’s a residential area, and it’s not geared to receiving thousands and thousands of people – so it’s quite hard to get some tangible solutions. Obviously we don’t want to be spoil-sports – we are really proud of our musical heritage. I’ve set things in motion to have a lollipop lady or man there. They will act as the eyes and ears for us, and for when there’s double parking. I’ve seen huge double-decker buses parking on double yellow lines right outside the studio, causing total chaos to traffic and causing danger to people trying to get their photograph. It would be good to have somebody there permanently.”
Today (August 8), marks the 45th anniversary of the taking of the album cover photo, which was shot on August 8, 1969. To celebrate, lookalikes recreated the image earlier today, in a photo you can see below.
The scene at the Abbey Road crossing at 11.35am today, 45 years to the minute since The Beatles had their photo taken pic.twitter.com/cr0ETajcRg
— Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) August 8, 2014
Meanwhile, The Beatles‘ mono albums have been remastered at Abbey Road and are now set for a vinyl re-release. The 180g LPs will be available on September 8 and have been remastered direct from the original analogue tapes. The nine albums include ‘Please Please Me’, ‘With The Beatles’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Beatles For Sale’, ‘Help!’, ‘Rubber Soul’, ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ as well as ‘The Beatles’ (2-LP) and ‘Mono Masters’ (3-LP). The releases will be available individually as well as in a limited 14-LP boxset.