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    The most famous pedestrian crossing in popular music, outside Abbey Road Studios in north London, has been designated a site of national importance by the British government.
    Beatles fans from around the world flock to the road to pose for photographs imitating the picture on the Abbey Road album cover which shows Paul, John, George and Ringo strolling over the crossing.
    "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photo shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage," said John Penrose, Britain's minister for tourism and heritage in a statement.
    McCartney welcomed the news, which comes in a big year for the band after their songs went on sale on Apple's iTunes for the first time.
    "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.
    Mr Penrose declared the crossing a Grade II listed site on the advice of national preservation body English Heritage.
    This means the crossing can be altered but only with the approval of the local authorities which would make a decision based on the site's historic significance, function and condition.
    Abbey Road Studios themselves were listed Grade II in February.

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