Strawberry Fields Site to Serve the Learning Impaired

 

Let me take you down
‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

These lyrics from the song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” were made famous by the Beatles in 1967. While some fans enjoy trying to derive meaning from the band’s lyrics, we can offer you a bit of background on the hit song.

Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army children’s home just around the corner from Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. It’s reported that Lennon and his childhood friends would play at the wooded garden behind the home, and that one of Lennon’s childhood treats was the garden party held each summer in Calderstones Park, near the home, where a Salvation Army band played.

The original Strawberry Field was demolished in the early 1970’s and replaced with a smaller building, but that doesn’t stop Beatles fans from stopping by the location to see one of the city’s “Beatles landmarks,” according to BBC News Liverpool.

The Salvation Army in Liverpool still owns the Strawberry Field site in Woolton, and recently announced its plans to reopen the site as a training center for people with learning difficulties. The building, which will also be open to Beatles fans, will have a café where young people will be able to train in catering and hospitality.

“It’s about enhancing the lives of young people, preparing them for work and giving them a work-based training center,” said Drew McCombe from The Salvation Army. Read the original article here.

Globally, The Salvation Army offers work training and therapy to meet a variety of needs. To find a Salvation Army location near you, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.