Penny Farrelly from Rosewood sits in the gazetted road that will be named Penny Lane in memory of John Lennon and the anniversary of his death.
Penny Farrelly from Rosewood sits in the gazetted road that will be named Penny Lane in memory of John Lennon and the anniversary of his death. Claudia Baxter

Couple name road after song

LENNON and McCartney would be in trouble if they were trying to flag down a bus on this rough, old country track.

But the famous song from the Fab Four has inspired Rosewood couple Penny and Stephen Farrelly to name their up-until-now-unnamed road after it.

The decision to name the gazetted road Penny Lane is also largely to do with Mr and Mrs Farrelly’s 25-year residence at the top of the dirt track, and the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon – one half of the genius combo responsible for writing the song.

Mrs Farrelly said giving the road an official name would help end the confusion for the postman.

“Sometimes we have to have things delivered to a person who lives down the road, and we recently had a parcel go missing for a month because they couldn’t find us,” she said.

“We were a bit perplexed because we noticed that it has different names on Google Earth and in the phone book – and we thought ‘what’s going on here?’

“Stephen gets these funny old-fashioned ideas and he just sort of threw the idea of Penny Lane out there.”

Local area councillor David Pahlke loved the idea and has already taken the appropriate steps to have the road officially named in the new year.

“Our roads are usually named after pioneering families, but the Farrellys have lived up there a long time and the idea of Ipswich having its own Penny Lane is interesting,” Cr Pahlke said.

Born in Bristol, England, Mrs Farrelly was lucky enough to have been working in the Somerset area when the Beatles were taping the movie A Hard Day’s Night in the early 1960s.

“I was 16 or 17 and raced out during my lunchtime to see them play at the end of the railway track,” she said.



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