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National Trust may launch campaign to buy Abbey Road

17 February 10 19:07 GMT

The National Trust has confirmed that it may launch a campaign to buy the threatened Abbey Road Studios.

The charity said in a statement that "if there is enough momentum, we may launch a campaign to save the studios".

It said members of the public had got in touch to back the idea after it was discussed on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 show, and on BBC Radio 5 live.

The announcement follows reports record company EMI has put the famous recording studios up for sale.

However, EMI has yet to confirm this.

'Spontaneous suggestion'

The National Trust - which owns and preserves historic buildings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland - is now asking people to contact it with their thoughts, either via e-mail, or though social networking websites Facebook and Twitter.

"It's not often that the public spontaneously suggests that we should acquire a famous building," said a National Trust spokesman.

"However, Abbey Road recording studios appear to be very dear to the nation's heart - to the extent that we will take soundings as to whether a campaign is desirable or even feasible."

Abbey Road Studios is best known as the place where the Beatles recorded their albums.

The National Trust already has a connection with the band, as it owns the Liverpool childhood homes of Sir Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon.

Music industry analysts say cash-strapped EMI is putting Abbey Road Studios up for sale as it needs the money.

It recently revealed that it needs to raise more than £100m from investors to prevent it from breaching its banking arrangements with US lending giant Citigroup.

And earlier this month it also reported a pre-tax loss of £1.75bn for the year to 31 March 2009.

Abbey Road Studios could be worth as much as £30m.

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