December 8 is the anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
Christchurch has its own memorial to John Lennon – a plaque surrounded by wild strawberries in Little Hagley Park. The mayor, Vicki Buck,dedicated the field 9 October 1990. This was in response to a request by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, to local authorities around the world asking them to commemorate what would have been Lennon’s 50th birthday and also the 10th anniversary of his death with the planting of a strawberry field. The plaque was removed but returned during the SCAPE biennial celebrations 20 September 2008 by artist Paul Johns.
(I found this information in the Miscellaneous file of our Christchurch Street and Place Names resource)
John Lennon’s life, works and death have been examined in detail in books and film.
Do you have a favourite Lennon song? I was remembering Norwegian Wood which a fan site tells me was largely written by John with a few extra bits from Paul.