- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2001

From combined dipatches
As Beatles fans mourned the death of George Harrison, his widow and son were reported to have flown to India to scatter his ashes.
Olivia Harrison and Dhani, 23, left Britain on a private jet with friends from the Hare Krishna movement, to which the former Beatle was deeply committed, to conduct a ceremony in which his ashes will be scattered over the Yamuna River in northern India.
Mr. Harrison died of cancer on Thursday night in Los Angeles. He was 58.
The former Beatle was fondly remembered yesterday as a local son in his hometown of Liverpool, where the Fab Four are a strange mix of friends, folk heroes and local industry.
Bernadette Byrne, who was 17 when she dated Mr. Harrison, spoke of her sadness at his death and recounted how his Liverpudlian charm had swept her off her feet.
"I have shed a few tears over George because he was part of such a happy period of my life, and he was a special person," she said. "He is often described as 'the quiet Beatle,' but as soon as he got to know you, he was like most other Liverpudlians, with a wonderful, dry sense of humor."
Mrs. Byrne runs the Beatles Story museum, on the city's Albert Dock, where admirers of Mr. Harrison lined up yesterday to sign a book of condolence.
There was also a steady flow of people to sign condolence books at the city's Roman Catholic cathedral and at Liverpool town hall, where the Union Jack has flown at half-staff since Friday. Admirers also left bouquets and congregated around the statue of Mr. Harrison and the three other Beatles at the Cavern Walks shopping center.
But the Beatles are also big business in Liverpool, and business gift-shop proprietor Steve Barnes sheepishly admits is booming. "This is busier than Beatles convention week," he said, surveying the throngs lining up to buy Fab Four fridge magnets, key chains and posters and to sign the shop's book of condolence.
Mourning also continued in New York as crowds gathered in the patch of Central Park renamed Strawberry Fields in memory of fellow Beatle John Lennon, killed by a gunman on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the nearby Dakota Building, where he had an apartment.
Middle-aged men and women who became fans when the Beatles stormed the United States in 1964, gathered by the mosaic and strummed guitars as they recalled the songs to which they had grown up.
The city where Mr. Harrison died also announced yesterday that it will pay tribute to him today. A Los Angeles city spokesman said public officials, including councilman Tom LaBonge and British consul general Peter Hunt, will speak at a ceremony in Griffith Park.
Mr. Harrison's music, both solo and with the Beatles, will be played for mourners. Tribute organizers also will provide a guest book for mourners to sign, which will be delivered to Mr. Harrison's family.
Others sought to pay tribute to Mr. Harrison by buying his records.
In London, demand for his records was so heavy that the record company EMI laid on a Saturday delivery of his first solo album, "All Things Must Pass," to replenish stores in the city.
"There has been a massive increase in demand for that album," said Mark Goodwin, manager of HMV in Oxford Street. "Sales are up 200 per cent on last week. His greatest hits album is also selling well."
Meanwhile, the mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, where Mr. Harrison lived in a 120-room Gothic manor, proposed turning the home into a Graceland-style tourist attraction, which would be a shrine to the former Beatle.

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