Late BEATLE John Lennon's childhood memorabilia is being exhibited at his former British home, to mark the 65th anniversary of his birth and the 25 years since he was assassinated.

The IMAGINE singer's widow Yoko Ono is thrilled about the Liverpool display, which will include four paintings Lennon did as a child, a copy of his first passport and replicas of his baby teeth.

National Trust Liverpool properties manager SIMON OSBORNE says, "The items are all from personal family archives and can now be viewed in their original setting.

"This is particularly poignant in terms of John's paintings, which he would have displayed in the house for family and visitors to see."

Lennon was shot dead by stalker Mark David Chapman outside the musician's New York apartment in December of 1980.

18/07/2005 05:20