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Liverpool airport unveils Lennon logo

The Liverpool John Lennon airport is expected to boost the city's profile  

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool airport has unveiled a new logo featuring former Beatles John Lennon ahead of naming the airport after him.

The logo depicts a self-portrait of Lennon and the line "above us only sky," taken from his peace anthem Imagine.

"Thank you very, very much for remembering John and for loving John," said his widow Yoko Ono at the airport on Monday.

The airport -- which will officially be renamed as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport when a new terminal opens in the spring of 2002 -- is the first British airport to be named after an individual.

Lennon joins figures such as John F. Kennedy (New York), Leonardo Da Vinci (Rome), Charles de Gaulle (Paris), Ronald Reagan (Washington) and Josef Strauss (Munich) who have been honoured in such a way.

Ono, who was in Liverpool receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Liverpool where she helped found scholarships in Lennon's memory, said: "As a gateway to the region this will be seen by millions of passengers and is a fitting tribute to the memory of my late husband."

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The couple's son, Sean Lennon, said: "It is a great honour for my dad and for our family.

"My mum and I are very proud and would like to thank the people of Liverpool for all their warmth and support over the years."

John's son Julian, from his first marriage, said: "I am very happy to see that Liverpool has taken the opportunity to remember one of its most famous citizens in a way that reaches millions of people."

Airport owners Peel Holdings saw the move as a "fitting and lasting tribute" to the star, who was murdered in his adopted city of New York in December 1980.

A statue of the singer has been commissioned from sculptor Tom Murphy and will stand inside the airport. A miniature version of the statute, which shows Lennon dressed in a suit and T-shirt with his famous round glasses, was given to Ono.

The Beatles' links to Merseyside brings an annual 20 million boost to the local economy and renaming the airport is expected to raise its profile globally.

City council leader Mike Storey said: "His legacy and his huge talent will always be remembered, but it is fitting that here, in the city of his birth, there will be such a permanent tribute to his memory."

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