Safety campaigners celebrate Beatles-style in Alexandra Road Kingston

I want to hold your hand: Safety campaigners celebrate Beatles-style

I want to hold your hand: Pupils from Alexandra Infant School use the new crossing

Yannick Read with children Olive (4), Bertie (6), Noah (8)

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

John, Paul, George and Ringo used a zebra crossing in 1969 for the cover of their album.

So it seemed fitting parents, teachers and children who had campaigned for a right of way across Alexandra Road in Kingston should celebrate victory by recreating the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road artwork.

Kingston Council installed the crossing outside Alexandra Infants’ School after a campaign by families to make the busy road outside the school safer.

Fed-up parent Yannick Read, who works for an eco-travel company, even set up a “pop-up” crossing in June last year to draw attention to the problem.

He said: “I am delighted the council decided to put it in, but I am disappointed it needed us to resort to a stunt to get it done.”

Alexandra Infant School headteacher Rachel Carr said: “We feel it will help our children and families be much safer.

“It is great Mr Read got involved. We call it Read’s Crossing.”

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