Disdain and dismay by the inhabitants, several of whom speak of an “idiotic” gesture, and of the authorities. A tour guide, Jackie Spencer, told the BBC: “I’m furious, this is pure ignorance.” Also on British public television, the mayor Joe Anderson he said he was “angry about the vandalism against the signs on our streets. This gesture adds nothing to Black Lives Matter’s cause in Liverpool, nor to the debate. ”
But beyond the illegal action for the authorities, profane for the “Beatlesians” and shocking for the residents, it has never been historically ascertained that Penny Lane was in honor of James Penny, the notorious 18th-century slave trafficker of Liverpool, the port city that has been the “capital” of slavery in England for centuries. The link between Penny Lane and James Penny is still very hazy. So much so that even the International Slavery Museum defines the origins of the Penny Lane name as uncertain: “There is no evidence about it.” But that didn’t stop a stranger from vandalizing even the Beatles’ Penny Lane.