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London Zoo uses beetles to recreate Abbey Road album cover on 50th anniversary

ZSL London Zoo has used beetles to recreate The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover artwork.

(ZSL London Zoo/PA)
(ZSL London Zoo/PA)

By Emily Chudy, PA

Beetles have been used at ZSL London Zoo to recreate The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover artwork on its 50th anniversary.

The zoo’s four mecynorhina polyphemus flower beetles, nicknamed Ringo, George, John and Paul by keepers, walked across a recreation of the zebra crossing in Abbey Road to mark the album’s 50th anniversary on September 26.

London Zoo is approximately 1.5 miles away from Abbey Road Zebra Crossing where The Beatles shot their album cover for Abbey Road, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Craig Walker, a keeper at London Zoo, said: “We wanted to join in the celebrations and since we have a few resident beetles – as well as a few of our own Beatles stories – we thought this was the perfect opportunity.

“We printed the scene onto foam-board and made a diorama so our giant flower beetles could walk in the footsteps of their namesakes.”

The Abbey Road recreation will remain on display in the zoo’s flower beetle exhibit until October 4.

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The Abbey Road album artwork has also been celebrated with a bespoke manhole cover featuring The Beatles walking over the zebra crossing.

A spokesman for Thames Water, said: “The famous Abbey Road crossing was the perfect choice for our next special edition manhole cover.

“We’re always looking for new ways to engage our customers and hope this striking one-off design and tribute to the classic album is popular with Beatles fans who walk the iconic walk.”

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