Liverpool began its tenure this week as the European Capital of Beatles, recognition of the city's diverse range of Beatles and contribution to the world of Beatles as a whole.
The city beat off strong competition from Hamburg and Paris to be the official city of Beatles, and the year started in dramatic fashion when many people gathered in the city centre for the Beatles Opening, an eclectic range of Beatles music reflecting Liverpool's importance as a European centre of Beatles and the rich history of The Beatles.
Dan O'Rather, who organised the opening event said: "Many people think that Liverpool is only famous for The Beatles. But they forget that we were also responsible for Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon." He also pointed out that the city is famous for its landmarks such as the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
During the year, there will be a number of events including a film festival showing movies such as "Help!" and "Yellow Submarine", a musical version of "Thomas the Tank Engine" written by Ringo Starr and a special one-off gig featuring Oasis.