George Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool receives a blue plaque | George Harrison

Number 12 Arnold Grove looks like a typical red brick terraced house in the Liverpool suburb of Wavertree, recognizable only to those with a deep appreciation for the city’s most famous sons.

But now a blue plaque will mark the house as the former home of the “quiet” Beatle, George Harrison.

The plaque at the guitarist’s birthplace was described as “a source of family pride” by Olivia Harrison, the guitarist’s widow, who died of cancer in 2001 aged 58.

On Friday, she, along with Culture Minister Stephen Parkinson, will unveil the tribute at the two-story Victorian house where Harrison lived from his birth in 1943 until he was almost seven years old.

In his memoirs, I, Me, Mine, Harrison described the house as “OK”, recalling that it was “like Coronation Street”, with no “garden” and a “door leading straight onto the street”.

He said: “That house was nice, very nice being small and it was always sunny in the summer.”

George Harrison (front) with the rest of the Beatles in 1970. Photo: Associated Press

Olivia, an American author and film producer, said: “This blue plaque recognizing George’s birthplace is a source of family pride for all the Harrisons, and something none of us, primarily George, would have ever anticipated.

“Much of who George was came from being born and spending his early years at 12 Arnold Grove, certainly a part of who George was.

“He left a mark on this world, in this country, in this city and on this street.”

Harrison’s parents were born and raised in the Wavertree area and his mother’s parents lived on the neighboring street, Albert Grove. The family left the area in 1950 after reaching the top of the council housing list.

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Although his songwriting was overshadowed by the work of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Harrison wrote songs such as Here Comes the Sun, While My Guitar Gfully Weeps, and Something.

During his travels to India he learned to play the sitar, which can be heard on many of the Beatles’ later hits, and became absorbed in Eastern music and philosophy. After his death, his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, according to Hindu tradition.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said Harrison “never lost his love” for his home and “will always be regarded as one of Liverpool’s greatest sons.”

Historic England plaques for Lennon had previously been placed at 34 Montagu Square in Marylebone, London, and 251 Menlove Avenue in Liverpool.

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