Liverpool Cathedral, in the hometown of John Lennon, will perform his peace anthem ‘Imagine’ using the church bells. Even although Lennon’s song includes the lyrics “Imagine there’s no heaven,” church officials have given the go ahead for this special pealing of church bells to take place.
As one church spokesperson said, “Allowing ‘Imagine‘ to be pealed on our bells does not mean we agree with the song’s lyrics. We recognize its power to make us think. As a cathedral, we do not shrink from debate. We recognize the existence of other world views.”
When Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono heard about the tribute, she told the BBC that the idea was ‘so beautiful, it made me choke up’.