An iconic landmark that has never been open to the public will open its gates for the first time. And it will be open to ALL, in part because of its WCs….
Strawberry Field, the Salvation Army centre in Liverpool immortalised by John Lennon, has seen the investment of some £8m in the creation of the first ever visitor facilities on the site, alongside a place for spiritual reflection and vocational training & work placement hub- Steps to Work- for young people with learning disabilities and other barriers to employment.
To ensure all users can make the most of their time there, a Changing Places toilet facility has been supplied and installed by Closomat.
Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and Honorary President of the Strawberry Field project, said:
I’ve been really impressed by The Salvation Army’s vision and now there is huge potential to make a real change in the lives of young people who will grow in the precious soil of Strawberry Field.
Salvation Army Territorial Commander, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill said:
John Lennon found sanctuary here as a child and that’s exactly what we want to offer by opening the Strawberry Field gates for good. We know thousands of Beatles fans already visit the site and we saw an opportunity to channel that interest into a responsible tourist attraction that will support local people and businesses.
The Salvation Army ran a children’s home at Strawberry Field from 1936 until 2005. In that time, we helped some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable children. Today, we are using Strawberry Field to give Liverpool’s young people a step onto the employment ladder. I like to think that John Lennon would be pleased that his special association with Strawberry Field is being used in this way.