London, May 13: John Lennon's childhood pal Joe Flannery has revealed that the late singer was looking forward to returning to Britain before he was murdered in December 1980.
Flannery, now 81 used to handle the Beatles bookings and also made his house a base-camp for Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best after gigs when it was too late for them to return to their respective homes.
He is said to be one of the few remaining "Beatle people" in Liverpool to have the respect of the surviving band members, the Daily Express reported.
Flannery is also one of the last people in the UK to talk to Lennon shortly before he was killed in the lobby of the New York apartment where he lived with Yoko Ono.
According to his book, which contains fascinating insights into the state of mind of Lennon shortly before his death, during the course of their last conversation the English musician, who was on the phone in New York to Flannery in the UK, talked about making a triumphal return to Liverpool.
Lennon even asked his old friend to hire the QE2 to bring him up the Mersey.
The conversation was is thought to be one of the musician's last phone calls and one of the only pieces of evidence that proves that Lennon was planning to return to UK. (ANI)