Liverpool hosted special celebrations to mark the 80th birthday of Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
His legacy and musical talents were admired through orchestral performances, speeches from spiritualists who knew George himself and performances from Hare Krishna devotees.
Happy 80th Heavenly Birthday to George Harrison from everyone at the Liverpool Beatles Museum- Mathew Street. Today we celebrate your special day with a World Premier Reveal, an Audience with Gurudas and Krishna groups playing throughout the museum. You’d love it. pic.twitter.com/uQL1J8WNDb
— Liverpool Beatles Museum (@beatlesmuseum_) February 25, 2023
To begin celebrations, Liverpool City Library was gifted India’s spiritual classics in the “All You Need is Love” ceremony.
City Major Joanne Anderson and Gurudasa, one of the first Hare Krishna monks to meet George Harrison, both attended.
On Saturday February 25, George’s birthday, The Philharmonic Hall hosted the “Something About George” special birthday concert.
The night paid tribute to George’s musical talent throughout his life, featuring a string quartet and guest Merseybeat singer Beryl Marsden, who worked with George.
Speaking with the Guide, Co-producer of “Something About George”, Bill Elms said: “It may be 20 years since the world lost George Harrison, but he lives on through his incomparable music”
“This show created in Liverpool, highlights the legacy he left the world.”
— The Beatles Story (@beatlesstory) February 25, 2023
Additionally The Beatles Story hosted “A Pilgrimage for George”, featuring Indian music workshops and stories of George Harrison’s spirituality.
Hare Krishna Chant startles Liverpool
A series of events honouring George Harrison's spiritual life were held in Liverpool in celebration of what would have been his 80th birthday.
Inspired by Pradyumna Das, who credits George Harrison for his attraction… https://t.co/xnZUiymtLP pic.twitter.com/2eilF3KdiH
— Dandavats.com (@dandavats_com) March 2, 2023
Finally, hundreds of Hare Krishna devotees took to the streets of Liverpool on Saturday, chanting whilst sharing cookies and books.
Touchdown to London ✈️
Gurudas, one of George Harrison’s earliest Hare Krishna friends arrived this morning in the UK from San Fran, to celebrate the 80th birthday of ‘The Spiritual Beatle’ in #liverpool 🙏🏽#excited #georgeharrison pic.twitter.com/GTKjLIzLNU
— The Spiritual Beatle (@BeatleSpiritual) February 21, 2023
See the video below to see further how Liverpool celebrated this milestone birthday.