The original red Victorian gates at the site that inspired John Lennon to write Strawberry Fields Forever have been replaced with replicas.

The 100-year-old iron gates were taken away and put into storage to avoid further deterioration at the site of what used to be a children's home.

The Salvation Army, which owns the former home, commissioned the new gates to be exact copies of the original ones to allow fans of the Beatles to still enjoy them as they originally appeared.

Major Ray Irving, director of social services for the Salvation Army, said: "This means that the original gates can be kept safe from further deterioration and, with the replica gates in place, allow for an authentic experience for the many thousands of people who come on a musical pilgrimage to Strawberry Field."

The new gates were made by a local metalwork specialist, Jim Bennett, and gifted to the Salvation Army, which is currently considering developing the site into a centre for children with learning difficulties.

The famous song, which was released in 1967, was said to have been inspired by Lennon's childhood memories of playing near Strawberry Fields and is known as being one of the more psychedelic songs produced by the Fab Four.

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