An 18ft sculpture was unveiled in Liverpool yesterday to celebrate what would have been the music legend John Lennon's 70th birthday.

In the late Beatle's home town, his first wife Cynthia and their son Julian cut a white ribbon to reveal the colourful sculpture complete with symbols of peace.

They then thanked the hundreds of people who gathered in the city centre's Chavasse Park and told them to celebrate Lennon's life.