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Photographer will see Beatles image immortalised in bronze

PUBLISHED: 13:30 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:30 01 August 2018

Former Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his image of The Beatles which will be made into a bronze statue Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Former Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his image of The Beatles which will be made into a bronze statue Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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It was half a century ago that Bury St Edmunds photographer Tom Murray was asked to drive another snapper to a Beatles photoshoot – now 50 years on he will see one of his images of the Fab Four made into a bronze statue.

Mr Murray, who is now a Bury town councillor, was working as The Sunday Times Magazine photographer when – on July 28, 1968 – he was asked to give a colleague a lift to a session in London.

He was told to bring his camera along and took 23 shots of the influential group, one of which is now being made into a statue by famous sculptor Andrew Edwards – who made the imposing Beatles statue in Liverpool.

Reflecting on the famous day - coined the ‘Mad Day Out’ by the photographer – Mr Murray said: “One of the other photographers said he was photographing a pop group and asked would I drive them around.

“He said, ‘bring your camera’, and we turned up at a rehearsal room and someone was playing Lady Madonna. I walked in and it was Paul McCartney.

Former Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFormer Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I only took 23 images, and threw out the ones I didn’t like.

“I did almost nothing with them until John Lennon was shot in New York and I remembered the pictures. There was one of John lying pretending to be dead, but they thought it was a bit spooky.”

His image of Sir Paul McCartney appearing to fall off the roof of a building as the group hold onto each other, which was taken as part of the session, will now be immortalised in bronze.

A mini version of the statue has already been made and is in New York.

Tom Murray with the mini bronze statue of his image. A full size version may be placed in central London Picture: RUPERT NYETom Murray with the mini bronze statue of his image. A full size version may be placed in central London Picture: RUPERT NYE

It is hoped the full-size statue will be placed at the site the photograph was taken – near Old Street Station in central London.

Mr Murray, who lives in Bury, said: “I am very proud that the image will be made into a statue. Andrew really understood the depth and breadth of the picture.”

It may be two years before a decision is made to place the statue but a book detailing the ‘Mad Day Out’ is now available worldwide.

Mr Murray has supported a range of international, national, and local charities by auctioning his work, of which some has been signed by Sir Paul and Sir Ringo.

Former Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFormer Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Mr Murray says around £9million has been raised for charity over a 20-year period with his own personal fundraising total at £1.5m.

Former Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFormer Sunday Times snapper Tom Murray with his photographs of The Beatles Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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