John Lennon’s 80th birthday: Star’s sister remembers the ‘proper son of Liverpool’

John Lennon’s sister is celebrating his 80th birthday with a series of special events in Liverpool.

Julia Baird is one of the stewards of the Beatles star’s legacy, which she describes as “anti-war, equality, diversity – all the things that we’ve gotten nowhere with, that we’re still talking about today”.

Like Lennon, Ms Baird is a champion of social causes, particularly in Liverpool.

She is the honorary president of Strawberry Field, the site immortalised in the hit Beatles song which is now a tourist attraction.

The piano used by John Lennon to write peace anthem Imagine is going on display there today.

Visitors to the exhibition will be supporting the Steps to Work programme, which helps young adults with learning disabilities get work experience – something Julia is passionate about.

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