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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Yoko peace plea on Lennon's 70th birthday

Yoko Ono urged people around the world "to learn to love each other in peace" today as millions of people celebrated what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

Fans around the world were remembering the late Beatle at various locations including his home town of Liverpool and a shrine in Central Park, New York, his adopted home.

Ono herself was planning to lead a celebration in Iceland with a series of events, including a performance by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, alongside their son Sean.

Afterwards she will switch on the Imagine Peace Tower, an illuminated memorial on an island close to the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

The tower will remain lit until December 8, the anniversary of Lennon's death.





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It is thought that Lennon's Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr and George Harrison's widow Olivia may also attend the event.

Lennon was murdered in 1980 by Mark Chapman who is still imprisoned for the crime. He was shot dead outside his home in the Dakota building, close to Central Park in New York, which Ono still calls home.

In a message today she said of her late husband: "He had a very painful childhood in which he hardly saw his mother or his father. But, later, he managed to turn his pain around to give the world many beautiful songs and important messages which changed our heads and the way of our lives.

"I know John was not expecting so much love to still come from you. But he would have been very happy to know it.

"May all of us heal ourselves and learn to love each other in peace."

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