Beatles fans and hat lovers are being invited to put on their most flamboyant Fab Four headwear this Bank Holiday Monday and take part in a unique TV show being made in Liverpool.
‘Hats Off to The Beatles’ is part of Statues Redressed – a project where statues across the city have been given a temporary new look by artists and designers to celebrate and debate their place in the city today.
As part of the project, which is being turned into a special for Sky Arts, Merseyside milliner Stephen Jones created four spectacular song-themed hats for The Beatles statue at the Pier Head.
Each Beatle was given his own hat – Penny Lane for Paul, Here Comes the Sun for George, Yellow Submarine for Ringo and Help! for John.
The statue will now become the focal point for Hats Off to The Beatles on Monday August 30 at 11am.
Culture Liverpool is asking fans to come together in fabulous Beatles themed hats to help celebrate the Beatles and also to create a special moment for the TV broadcast.
There’s no need to apply in advance, and there’s no limit on numbers – the more hat creations with a Beatles theme the better!
Culture Liverpool’s Development Producer, Eliza Willis, explains: “We’re calling on the public to come down on Bank Holiday Monday wearing their own Beatles hats. They can be flamboyant and bright or subtle and simple! This will be part of the Sky Arts show and so it is a chance to get on TV.”
The date coincides with the end of Beatles Week so as well as Liverpool-based fans they are expecting lots of visitors to join in the celebration too.
Eliza added “We would love for people to gather around the statue and fill the waterfront with colour and joy. And the end result will feature on the finale of the Sky Arts show.”
The Beatles bronze, which is one of the most photographed statues in the city, was specifically chosen by Hoylake-born Stephen Jones, who is one of the UK’s leading milliners.
All of the artists and designers involved in Statues Redressed were allowed to pick a statue from more than 200 around the city.
The Redressing’s aren’t permanent, they’ll be there for a maximum of a month.
Statues Redressed is part of a bigger summer campaign called Very Public Art which features installations in different parts of the city.
Find out more about Statues Redressed on the website here.