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Friday, 30 November, 2001, 18:40 GMT
Liverpool pays tribute to George
Fans at the Beatles statue in Liverpool
A fan lays a wreath at the Beatles statue in Liverpool
Flags were flying at half mast as The Beatles' home city of Liverpool came to terms with the loss of one of its most famous sons.

A book of condolence was opened at The Beatles Story museum for fans to express their sorrow at George Harrison's death.

One entry said: "His outstanding contribution as a musician and individual will be sorely missed world-wide.

City leaders said a memorial service for the musician would be held in the city.

'Peace-loving man'

Liverpool was a city in mourning with dozens of fans laying flowers at a statue to the Beatles in the city centre.

One fan said: "I'm devasted, I really am, although it was expected, I suppose, with the battle against cancer.

"It's very tragic. He was a brilliant guitarist and such an inspiration."

Another added: "I'm upset. I knew it was possible he might die but I wasn't prepared for that to happen today."

Liverpool City Hall
Flags at half mast at Liverpool City Hall
John Chambers, of the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society, described George Harrison's death as "the end of an era" for fans of the band.

"This is a terribly sad day. I'm sure I speak for all Beatles fans when I say I'm absolutely heartbroken.

"Until now there has always been the hope of a reunion, perhaps with Julian Lennon standing in for his dad.

"But now George has gone there is no chance of Paul and Ringo getting together for a reunion."

Music legacy

"It really is the end of a dream, the end of an era.

"The only comfort we can take is the legacy of the music, which is as powerful and mysterious today as it ever was," he said.

Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Gerry Scott, said: "George Harrison was one of the great Liverpudlians.

"He was a warm, peace-loving man who was more than just a talented musician.

Liverpool City Council leaderCoun Mike Storey signs a book of condolence
Coun Storey opens a book of condolence
"He was a deeply thoughtful and caring human being.

"He was a gentle and considerate member of The Beatles, the most talented group of individuals to come out of Liverpool," he said.

Leader of Liverpool City Council Mike Storey said: "Everyone who knew of George Harrison knew he was a true Scouser who never forgot his roots. He was a great ambassador of for the city."

Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, said: "There is great sadness in Liverpool.

Memorial service

"He epitomised Liverpool's musical talent and has been a lasting influence on songwriters, guitarists and all-round musicians.

"George will be remembered with great fondness. He put Liverpool on the musical map."

Bob Wareing, MP for Liverpool West Derby, said: "This is very sad. George, along with the other three Beatles, really put Liverpool on the map in the 1960s.

"His name will forever be revered in Liverpool and probably throughout the world."

Liverpool City Council said a special memorial service would be held in the city "in tribute to the exceptional and gifted life of George Harrison."

A spokesman said: "Many people in the city remember him and believe he was a great ambassador for Liverpool.

"We think it is important that the people of Liverpool have a chance to pay their last respects."

The BBC's Catherine Marston
"Liverpool is a city in mourning"
The BBC's Nick Higham
"He composed some of the band's finest tracks"
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney
"I love him dearly"
Biographer Alan Clayson
"He resented Beatle mania"
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