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George Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool gets blue plaque | George Harrison

Number 12 Arnold Grove, in the Liverpool suburb of Wavertree, looks like an ordinary red-brick terraced house that only someone with a deep understanding of the city’s celebrity homes would recognise.

But now a blue plaque will be installed identifying the house as the former home of “silent” Beatle member George Harrison.

The plaque at the guitarist’s birthplace was described as a “source of family pride” by his widow, Olivia Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, aged 58.

On Friday she will join Culture Minister Stephen Parkinson in unveiling a memorial at the two-storey Victorian home where Harrison lived from the time he was born in 1943 until he was nearly seven years old.

In his memoir, I, Me, Mine, Harrison described the house as “just OK”, recalling that it had “no garden” and a “door opening onto the street” – very “like Coronation Street”.

He said, “The house was nice. It was very comfortable when I was little and it was always sunny in the summer.”

George Harrison (front row) with the rest of the Beatles, 1970. Photo: Associated Press

Olivia, an American film producer and author, said: “Having George’s birthplace recognised with a blue plaque is a great source of family pride for the whole Harrison family and something none of us, especially George, expected.”

“Who George is is heavily influenced by his upbringing and childhood at 12 Arnold Grove and it is certainly part of who he is.

“He left his mark on this world, on this country, on this city, on these streets.”

Harrison’s parents were born and raised in the Wavertree area, with his maternal parents living nearby in Albert Grove Street, and the family left the area in 1950 after it topped the council housing list.

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Though his songwriting career waned in the wake of the work of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harrison penned songs such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Something.”

During a trip to India he learned to play the sitar, which can be heard on many of The Beatles’ future hits, and became fascinated with Eastern music and philosophy. After his death, in accordance with Hindu tradition, his ashes were scattered in the rivers Ganges and Yamuna.

Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotherham said Mr Harrison “never lost his love” for his hometown and would “forever be recognised as one of Liverpool’s great sons”.

Previously, historic English memorials to John Lennon have been erected at 34 Montagu Square, Marylebone, London, and 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool.

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