The iconic zebra crossing which appears on the front cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album is to be awarded listed status.

Tourism boss John Penrose revealed yesterday that the the crossing is to be made a Grade II listed site of cultural significance.  

Listed status is normally only awarded to historic buildings.

Mr Penrose said: ““It is a testimony to the Beatles that, more than 40 years on, it continues to attract thousands of visitors each year.”

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Sir Paul McCartney was thrilled at the news. “It’s been a great year for me and a great year for the Beatles – and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake,” he said.

What many people don’t know is that the actual zebra crossing that The Beatles walked over was moved in the 1970s. So if you’re wondering why those Facebook pics of you and your mates didn’t look quite like the famous image, then that’s why!

Don’t be too disillusioned though, the crossing has only moved about 3 metres.

The Abbey Road crossing is a pilgrimage site for Beatles fans and tourists alike. An Abbey Road webcam keeps a round-the-clock eye on the thousands who try to recreate the Famous Beatles pose.

Go on, have a look now. You know you want to!