The Abbey Road zebra crossing in North London, made famous for appearing on a Beatles album cover, has been granted Grade II listed status, reports BBC News. The crossing was used as the iconic cover shot photographed by IAN MACMILLAN for the band's 1969 record, also named 'Abbey Road'.
The crossing is the first of its kind to be given listed status and is being recognised for its "cultural and historical importance", following advice from the English Heritage. The site is a huge pull for tourists to the city of London and for fans of band, and although the crossing was moved 30 years ago for traffic management reasons, it still retains its historical importance. JOHN PENROSE, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, said: "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage". Beatles founder Paul McCartney said the decision was the "icing on the cake" in a great year.
The news comes after Abbey Road studios itself was awarded Grade II listed status back in February 2010. The status means that a building or monument is recognised as nationally important and of special interest.