Plans to develop a nod to the musical heritage of Liverpool’s Strawberry Field site have been revealed.
The Salvation Army is based at the iconic venue having taken ownership in 1936. It now provides sustainable employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities.
The Beatles’ classic Strawberry Fields Forever was inspired by the site, where it is said that as a child, John Lennon would visit and listen to the Salvation Army band play.
As part of plans to provide entertainment and amenity to future users and visitors to the site, the organisation now hopes to erect a bandstand within Strawberry Field to complement the visitor centre, which opened earlier this year.
Lichfields has been commissioned to prepare the submission of an application.
The planning document drawn up by the company notes that more than 100 bandstands have been restored through the Heritage Lottery Fund, with about 350 original sites still standing.
“The proposal for a bandstand at Strawberry Field would continue this tradition, not only erected for visual amenity but with the potential for artistic use,” it added. “Exhibitions, displays, silent performances and occasional acoustic musical events are being considered as potential uses.
“The circular shape of a bandstand would allow the structure to be modelled on the theme of a bass drum. The drum is an historical emblem and tradition of the Salvation Army, and an iconic symbol of the Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which contained the eponymous song and for which Strawberry Fields Forever was originally recorded.”
The application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council.