John Lennon died on 8 December 1980 and would have been 80 this year. He was shot dead outside his home at the Dakota Buildings in New York by Mark Chapman, an obsessive fan who had moments before obtained Lennon’s autograph. On the fortieth anniversary of his death it is worth remembering the talented, mischievous, Liverpudlian working class hero, who without a doubt was the best of the Fab Four. Lennon grew up in the Woolton area of Liverpool. His father was a seaman and his mother worked as an usherette at the city’s Trocadero cinema.