The Beatles fans come together to celebrate 50th anniversary of that iconic Abbey Road picture


The Beatles made history in London 50 years ago today when they took that iconic Abbey Road picture.

You know the one, where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison dressed themselves up for a stroll over a relatively bland zebra crossing – right by the EMI Studios no less.

Well that little snap, which we can’t imagine took too much effort, turned out to be one of the most infamous album covers of all time.

And now, half a century on, fans have come together to celebrate not only the classic image, but a band that shook up the music scene and have inspired every generation since.

Dressing up as the legendary singers, a number of impersonators arrived at the location in a replica psychedelic Rolls-Royce where they recreated the shoot.

Hundreds flocked to the scene to capture the moment where they took pictures on their phones – and we can’t deny, it was very Insta worthy.

They’d even gone as far as removing their shoes in order to get the look just right.

The John Lennon lookalike was later spotted posing with fans as they beamed down the camera lens.

While the Paul McCartney wannabe hugged the star’s followers, getting a true taste of what it was like for the Hey Jude hitmaker for the day.

As music lovers were lapping up the atmosphere, a bus was pictured waiting patiently at the crossing while the crowds died down.

Some took the opportunity to petition against Brexit, and help signs in support of the EU, referencing famous lyrics from Imagine, Love Is All You Need and Come together.

Ian MacMillan took the picture, on 8 August 1969, along with five other shots that the band were told to chose from.

In the background of the original, a handful of decorators on their break can be seen huddled together, while a man stood watching on the other side of the road.

Years later, he was tracked down, and happened to be the American tourist Paul Cole, who has since sadly passed away aged 98.

‘I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks,’ he told The Mirror.

‘A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time. You didn’t walk around in London barefoot.’


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