New Beatles statue unveiled in Liverpool to mark 50th anniversary of final hometown gig

The Beatles played their last Merseyside show on December 5, 1965

A new statue of The Beatles has been unveiled in their hometown of Liverpool, marking 50 years since their final show in the city.

The band played their last ever show in Liverpool at the Empire Theatre on December 5, 1965.

The bronze sculpture was made by artist Andy Edwards and presented to the city by famed Merseybeat venue the Cavern Club.

The statue depicts the band working down the street and is situated on Liverpool’s Pier Head.

As reported by BBC News, Edwards said he hoped his statue would become “a place of ritual”, while Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor Ann O’Byrne said she was “delighted” with the sculpture.

O’Byrne added: “Talk to anyone in or outside the city about our history and you can guarantee The Beatles will get a mention, so it feels right that this sculpture of these iconic men stands proudly on our iconic waterfront.”

John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird, said: “The statue stands in loving memory of the best band in the world – the band that leapt from The Cavern stage to worldwide recognition.”

See photos of the statue beneath.

Meanwhile, pop star Justin Bieber has equaled a UK chart record previously held by only The Beatles and Elvis Presley by replacing himself at Number One spot in the Official UK Single Chart.

Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ is the new Number One in the UK and replaces last week’s chart-topper, Bieber’s own ‘Sorry’.

The Beatles knocked themselves off the top spot in December 1963, with ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.