Music fans around the world have been marking the 25th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.

The legendary singer was shot outside his New York apartment on 8 December 1980 by deranged fan Mark Chapman, who is currently serving 20 years to life in a New York prison for the crime.

Among the tributes saw Virgin Megastores in central London fall silent for one minute at 11 AM this morning, the first time in the shops history that trading has been stopped to pay respects to a musician.

In Liverpool at midday, white balloons were released from the Britannia Courtyard in Albert Dock and at 4pm images of the singer were projected on to the George's Dock building.

Church services have also been taking place in the city were many of the singers songs being sung, including 'Happy Christmas, War Is Over'.

Among the stars to pay tribute to John Lennon were U2, as they covered his Beatles classic 'Norwegian Wood' last night (December 7). They played one of his most loved songs at the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

The band also played Lennon solo track 'Instant Karma!' in the encore, although this has been a regular in their set since they performed it with Patti Smith at New York's Madison Square Garden on November 21.

Tonight (8th) will see a number of Lennon related programmes on TV, including a concert from Abbey Road, which will feature the likes of Paul Weller and Badly Drawn Boy on BBC2 at 7 PM, and the controversial documentary about his killer Mark Chapman on Channel 4 at 9 PM.