Penny Lane Liverpool
Most of you will probably be familiar with the famous Beatles song 'Penny Lane', which was released in February 1967, alongside another of their hits titled 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. The song 'Penny Lane' was actually named after a street just off Church Road in the Wavertree area of Liverpool - The Beatles hometown. Paul McCartney and John Lennon would, in their younger days, meet on Penny Lane to catch a bus into the city centre, and as a result, the street has become hugely famous worldwide.
In recent years, Liverpool City Council have experienced several cases of theft and 'tourist theft' of street signs bearing the name 'Penny Lane' - after all, what better souvenir for a true Beatles fan than the street sign itself! After several replacement signs were also stolen, the Council came up with the solution of simply painting the 'Penny Lane' street name onto the sides of buildings instead.
During the summer of 2006, it was proposed that Liverpool Council consider changing the names of several of the cities streets, due to their links and associations with the slave trade. However, once it was discovered that Penny Lane was in fact originally named after a prosperous 1900's slave ship owner (James Penny), this proposal was revised to omit Penny Lane from the name changes (due to the amount of tourism and money that the street brings into the city).