Wed Jan 12, 7:34 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Salvation Army is to close its Strawberry Field children's home in Liverpool, inspiration for The Beatles' hit "Strawberry Fields Forever."
The Christian charity said it was taking the step due to the changing demands of child welfare.
"It is now preferable for children to be cared for within a foster family or in a small group home, rather than within large residential institutions," it said in a statement.
Strawberry Field opened in 1936 on Beaconsfield Road in Liverpool, a short distance from John Lennon's childhood home.
Lennon was taken by the name and used it for the band's 1967 hit.
Strawberry Fields lives on as the name of a memorial garden in New York's Central Park, close to the spot where Lennon was shot dead in 1980.