LIVERPOOL REMEMBERS LENNON
5pm Civic Service to celebrate life and music of John Lennonren to lead tributes with musical and sign language performances at 1-2pm
Images of Lennon projected onto George's Dock tunnel ventilation shaft
LIVERPOOL'S children will lead a musical tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death on Thursday, December 8.
Pupils from John's former schools - Dovedale Juniors and Calderstones School - will lay flowers during a special Civic Service at Liverpool Parish church, Our Lady & St. Nicholas, opposite the Pier Head.
At the service, which begins at 5pm, friends and musicians will gather to hear guest speakers recount their memories of the murdered ex-Beatle.
And after speaking of his influence on them they will introduce Broughton Hall High School pupil, Michelle Strahan, 15, who will perform Beautiful Boy as a solo. Michelle will be followed by the Notre Dame Catholic College choir, singing All You Need is Love, In My Life and Happy Christmas/War is Over.
The service will conclude with prayer and blessing by the Rector of Liverpool, The Reverend Steven Brookes.
Earlier in the day, from 1pm until 2pm, Knotty Ash School for the Deaf will be paying tribute to John Lennon at Clayton Square by performing their own renditions of Beatles numbers in Sign Language.
After the Civic Service the church will be open between 6pm and 7pm so that members of the public can sign a Book of Commemoration. The book will then be moved to the 08 Place in Whitechapel.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor Councillor Alan Dean will introduce the Civic Service. He said: ''It is fitting that children will be leading our tribute to John by celebrating his greatest legacy, his music. His influence on his and future generations is immense. Not only did he help change perceptions of Liverpool around the world - he and the Beatles changed the aspirations of young working class kids all over the world, showing that if you've got ability you can go anywhere.
''Few people in his position used their fame to stand up against injustices and to spread the message of love and peace in the way he did. His political stances have influenced modern musicians such as Bono and Bob Geldolf and I'm sure John would be a great advocate for the developing world if he were still alive today.''
The focus will return to Clayton Square from 5.30pm with live music by local musicians Steve Roberts and Santa Carla.
At 6.30pm this will be followed by an exclusive screening of rare documentary footage - courtesy of digital radio station BBC 6 Music - featuring videos, interviews, performance and even John's poetry, under the banner of 'Lennon Remembered'.
Councillor Warren Bradley, Liverpool City Council's executive member for culture, said: ''The loss of one of the world's greatest musicians continues to reverberate; most noticeably in the wealth of local talent who strive to match not just his success but the high standards he set in innovation and integrity.
''I think we are remembering John in the only way we know how - by reaffirming his lasting legacy, and offering a platform for the city's musicians to shine.''
Thursday's anniversary will also mark the start of a special light show celebrating John Lennon's life. Until December 14, there will be a nightly projection of Lennon images onto George's Dock Building, between 4.30pm and 11pm.
Besides the music and Civic Service, there will be a host of events in the city to mark Lennon's anniversary, most notably:
11am - Mathew Street:
The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society are holding a short ceremony at 11am in Mathew Street. The Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Monsignor Peter Cookson, and Canon Hawley from the Anglican Cathedral are attending and offering a few prayers for peace. They are also creating two shrines where fans can come together to lay flowers and cards. The main shrine will be at the Lennon statue in Mathew Street and a smaller tribute at the Beatles Monument within the nearby Cavern Designer Shopping Centre.
12 noon - The Beatles Story, Albert Dock:
Special cards will be available in and around the Albert Dock, in the days preceding the anniversary, for people to inscribe their thoughts. The cards, attached to white balloons, will be sent skywards on their way to John at 12.00 noon from the Britannia Courtyard, outside The Beatles Story. It is asked that people make a donation when collecting their card from the Albert Dock businesses. All proceeds are being donated to the Claire House Children's Hospice