Hundreds of Beatles fans flock to Abbey Road on album photo’s 50th anniversary

Hundreds of fans gathered at London’s Abbey Road to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles walking across its zebra crossing.

John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison were photographed striding single file over the crossing on August 8, 1969, and the image went on to become one of the most recognised covers in music history for their Abbey Road album.

Beatles lookalike band the Fab Four were joined by fans of the group on Thursday, halting traffic in the process.

The band arrived at the location in a replica of Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce car and fans posed for pictures on the spot during the gathering.

The zebra crossing has become a destination for fans of the Liverpool group over the past five decades, many making the pilgrimage from all over the world every year.

The anniversary stunt was arranged by Beatles London tour guide Richard Porter, who said: “Every hour of every day there are fans on the crossing.

“I’ve seen lots of different sights on the crossing too – from couples having their wedding photos taken, to people going across naked!”

Photographer Iain Macmillan snapped six shots of the band walking over the road’s black and white stripes, and the fifth was selected as the cover shot for Abbey Road, the Beatles’ penultimate studio album.

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