Yellow Submarine Plaque had been a major photographic draw. It had
hung on the entrance to the Beatles Story, since that exhibition
opened. The image became world famous, being featured in millions of
pictures, as visitors posed for what had become the customary
photograph. Sadly, this distinctive art vanished back in July 2009.
Mystery has surrounded its complete disappearance. Although a reward
was offered for its safe the original wooden 5ft plaque, the art
work has never been found or returned. On Wednesday, 13 January
2010, we headed for the very cold Albert Dock to see the former
Beatles Booking Manager, Joe Flannery along with Mary Chadwick, a
Beatles Story General Manager unveil the new contemporary
replacement. This new work of art should make a welcome return to
visitors’ snap shots. The Beatles Story commissioned a new Yellow
Submarine to hang in its place. The latest model is made out of 12mm
Marine Plywood, the same material as sailing boats, so it should
survive Liverpool's winter weather. The Beatles Story's new branding
has been incorporated into the design, and the faces of John Lennon,
Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison now feature in
the submarine's portholes. The model has been produced by employees
of the Beatles Story, Daniel Rogers and John Clarke. Daniel is a big
Beatles fan with a background in art. Daniel said:- "I was
asked if I would create a new submarine and I jumped at the chance.
The design is slightly different to ensure that it doesn't infringe
any copyright laws and I've incorporated the faces of the Fab Four.
It took several weeks to make and I can't wait to see it positioned
outside the Beatles Story." Jerry Goldman, Managing Director
of the Beatles Story said:- "Although we are disappointed that
the original Yellow Submarine was never returned, we are delighted
with its replacement. We have increased our security measures to
ensure that such a selfish act will never happen again."
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