Struggling Penny Lane businesses ask for help

Small businesses in Liverpool have called on tourism bosses to improve the struggling area of Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles in 1967.

The area, with its shelter by the middle of a roundabout and barber showing photographs, was immortalised in the group's song Penny Lane, which was issued as a single with Strawberry Fields Forever in 1967.

Independent businesses have been hit by the recent economic downturn. Tour operators are currently unable to stop at Penny Lane due to traffic measures, and there are no memorials or information centres to mark its connection with The Beatles.

Liverpool council had planned to turn nearby wasteland into a George Harrison memorial park, but plans were scrapped.

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