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Plymouth reveals copper-bottomed scheme to celebrate famous Beatles photo

PUBLISHED: 14:02 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 19 November 2015

The original image: Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles.  (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images)

The original image: Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images)

The Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles/David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images

New #beatlebums copper casts revealed on Plymouth Hoe to celebrate iconic 1967 photo of the band.

18/11/2015 Pic Guy Channing
Plymouth City Council official launch of public artwork to mark the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe. 18/11/2015 Pic Guy Channing Plymouth City Council official launch of public artwork to mark the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe.

A new interactive art installation unveiled in Plymouth gives people a chance to recreate a famous photograph of the Beatles from 1967.

The ‘#beatlebums’ were officially revealed on Plymouth Hoe as a celebration of the Beatles’ presence in Plymouth.

The four backside copper casts mark the spot where the iconic photograph of John, Paul, George and Ringo was taken by David Redfern 48 years ago.

Local metalsmiths Thrussell and Thrussell cast the bum-prints of tribute band ‘The Fab Beatles’, and these have been placed on the Hoe for fans to sit on and take their own pictures where the fab four once sat.

18/11/2015 Pic Guy Channing
Plymouth City Council official launch of public artwork to mark the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe. 18/11/2015 Pic Guy Channing Plymouth City Council official launch of public artwork to mark the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe.

Creators of the project hope to see fans’ own images appearing on Twitter with the hashtag #beatlebums.

Council leader Tudor Evans hopes the work will remind people that: “Plymouth’s history is not just about captains and kings and boats ... this is part of our history. I think this is going to be very popular and very good news for Plymouth.”

Alongside council leader Tudor Evans, music journalist David Quantick was the first to sit in the copper casts.

Quantick grew up in Plymouth and is excited about the new installation. “What Plymouth has done is brilliant. It has brought a bit of fun, a bit of affection, a bit of art to the Hoe.”

Copper Casts of #beetlebums on the Hoe! Copper Casts of #beetlebums on the Hoe!

He remembers the positive impact that the Beatles brought to Plymouth: “They changed culture, they changed the world, they changed music. The message is still very simple - in these difficult times, all you need is love”.

The artworks will hopefully attract cultural tourists to Plymouth alongside a celebratory concert by ‘The Fab Beatles’ at the Athenaeum on Friday 27 November.

The tribute band will create a set list which combines hits from the Beatles concerts of 1963 and 1964 at the ABC

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