STRAWBERRY Field children's home closes its doors to childcare today.
Staff were working this morning to move everything out of the home in Beaconsfield Road, Woolton, made famous by the classic Beatles song.
Assistant manager Claire Smart said staff would miss the children and the camaraderie of working with each other.
"Everybody is feeling quite low today. It is sad to see it go.
"We are just clearing the things out, moving our files and taking the last chance to be together here.
"Everybody here did their best for the children - they gave 110%. It wasa brilliant team to work with. We will all miss the home and miss working with the children on the shared care scheme who came at weekends."
A few staff will stay on until August to complete administrative tasks.
The decision to shut Strawberry Field was announced in January.
John Lennon immortalised the Salvation Army-run home in the 1960s after writing Strawberry Fields Forever.
It recalled childhood memories of playing at the home and turned its gates into a shrine for Beatles fans from across the globe.
The building, which opened in 1936, was saved from closure in 1984 bya cash donation from his widow Yoko Ono.
But the Salvation Army said the last of the children living there left last week and that childcare provision would officially come to an end today.
A spokeswoman said the building was shutting because it was now preferable for children to be cared for bya foster family or in a small group home, rather than within large residential institutions.
Major Marion Drew, the Salvation Army north west divisional leader, said: "The childcare provision at Strawberry Field is now coming to an end, however we still have some staff staying with us until August to carry out administrative tasks which need to be carried out.
"There are no plans at present about the site and its future use. I am sure this process will take a long time."
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The former Beatles great is one of a number of star names being mentioned in connection with the latest bid by Sir Bob Geldof to battle world poverty.
Dubbed Live 8, the concert is timed to tiein with the G8 summit of the world's richest nations, taking place in Scotland in July.
Reports suggest Rolling Stones, Oasis, U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams will all play at the Hyde Park, London, gig on July 2.
Sting and Duran Duran, who played at the original event, have agreed to take part.
Travis frontman Fran Healy is also involved, and Coldplay have been approached.
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