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Famed Beatles Abbey Road Crossing In London Gets Some Much-Needed TLC Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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By Marisa Roman

Well, if there is one good thing we can consider to come out of the entire coronavirus pandemic, it’s that the famed Beatles Abbey Road Crossing in London got some much-needed TLC this week. The iconic street crossing located right outside of Abbey Road Studios received a fresh coating of white paint largely due in part to the empty streets that are a result of the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom. Finally a bit of good news to result from this pandemic.

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The street crossing became iconic for people across the world when in September 1969, The Beatles released Abbey Road, their 11th studio album. The cover of the album shows George, Paul, Ringo, And John crossing together on the now-iconic zebra-striped walk. Since the road was made famous, many Beatles fans visit the crossing daily in hopes to capture their very own iconic photograph. But also, just regular foot traffic to the area has caused some noticeable wear-and-tear to the walkway.

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Yet, on March 24, a highway maintenance crew repainted the usually bustling city crossing, giving it a fresh coat of white. After prime minister Boris Johnson ordered Britain to go on lockdown in hopes to curb the spread of coronavirus further, certain city personnel took the opportunity to add some life back into the iconic crosswalk, bring backing feelings of nostalgia for many. In case you didn’t know, Boris Johnson was just confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus, as well.

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The iconic album cover was shot by photographer Iain Macmillan, who was standing on a ladder as the band crossed the road. The shot was chosen out of five or six other shots from the photographer, unknowing to anyone just how popular this street crossing would become. In fact, in 2010, the site was actually declared a national landmark after it was determined that over 300,000 fans visit every year in hopes to recreate the now infamous Beatles album cover.

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Just last September, the remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reissued the Abbey Road album in honor of the 50th anniversary of the album's release. In January of this year, it was also announced that the album was one of the biggest selling vinyl of the 2010s in the United States. For those who want to take a look at Abbey Road but are too far from the action, fear not. You can see the repainted white stripes from the live EarthCam directly over the walkway.

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