John Lennon will be honoured in his native Liverpool, England this weekend when bellringers perform his peace anthem Imagine in the city's cathedral.
Church bosses have given the go ahead for the performance on Saturday 16 May 09, despite the track featuring the controversial line, "Imagine there's no heaven."
A spokesman explains, "Allowing Imagine to be pealed on our bells does not mean we agree with the song lyric.
"We recognise its power to make us think. As a cathedral we do not shrink from debate. We recognise the existence of other world views."
And the performance has won the approval of Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who told the BBC the idea was "so beautiful, it made me choke up".
Tuesday, May 12, 2009