Come together Beatles fans mark 40 years of 'Abbey Road'

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Forty years on from the album cover that turned it into a place of pilgrimage, hundreds of Beatles fans gathered at the Abbey Road crossing yesterday to celebrate the anniversary of the band's 1969 recording.

At 11.35am, the exact moment 40 years ago that the Fab Four stepped across the north London crossing for the cover photoshoot, music lovers gathered from as far as Peru and Japan to pay their respects to the band.

Carol Gregor, 50, had travelled from California to be there with her two teenage daughters. She was singing Beatles songs as she observed the scene.

"We timed our trip to the UK around today's anniversary event. We were here at 9am, before anyone else. The Beatles mean everything to us and, as far as we're concerned, they'll never die."