John Lennon on anniversary of death

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Lennon pictured in 1969 – the year he was shot in New York

John Lennon’s memory is being remembered by fans across the world on the 41st anniversary of his death.

The former Beatle, who was shot and killed in New York in 1980, became a symbol of peace and a symbol of Beatlemania.

Tributes have been posted on social media with people paying their respects with flowers and candles, or quoting lyrics from his songs.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to name street after him in north London.

A petition on website has attracted more than 2,400 signatures.

The petition calls for Victoria Road in N8, in the leafy north London suburb of Ilford, to be named after the former Beatle and singer, calling him the “poet of peace”.

It states that he “remains the rightful recipient of the late Sir John Lennon’s OBE, NHS Silver Star Award and BAFTA Award”.

Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison are among the signatories of the petition.

A similar petition was started last year to name a street in Brixton, south London, after the late Who singer, Keith Moon.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A petition has called for the road on which John Lennon grew up to be named after him

Lennon was gunned down outside his home in New York, where he was living with his wife Yoko Ono.

Four men were charged with his murder.

The Beatles star was known for his songs such as Imagine, The Lonesome Sea of Love and Rockin’ in the Free World.

Queen Elizabeth II made him a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1971.

Lennon, who was born in Liverpool, has been listed in Time magazine’s top 100 influential people in the world.

He had a trade show exhibition in Australia in 1988, and it was named a museum piece as a result.

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