A Liverpool group working to save Ringo Starr’s Liverpool birthplace from demolition will persist even though the city council has issued new notices to demolish the houses in the area.
David Bedford, whose book, “Liddypool: The Birthplace of the Beatles,” tells the city’s history around the Beatles and who is also a member of the Save Madryn Street committee (SMS) trying to keep Starr’s birthplace from being torn down, told us by email, “The leader of the council is digging his heels in, but is re-writing history too.”
Click Liverpool reported Tuesday the council, led by Labour leader Joe Anderson, has submitted a new application for the demolition of the homes. The campaign to save Starr’s birthplace, underway since last year, had been buoyed by support from a housing minister and Save Britain’s Heritage.
“Council leader Anderson remarked that ‘9, Madryn Street wasn’t even that important, as Ringo wasn’t born there,’ Bedford said. “Although certain of our facts, we pulled out a copy of Ringo’s birth certificate to prove that he was indeed born Richard Starkey, on 7 July 1940, at 9 Madryn Street.
“This hasn’t been the only myth that the campaign has had to deal with,” he says. “In some of the early press releases, a ‘fact’ was mentioned by opposition campaigners that Ringo only lived in Madryn Street for a few months! Again, the truth was pointed out that Ringo had spent nearly 5 years in the property.
“These two points make the property of huge significance to Beatles history: It is just a shame that even in Liverpool we have to keep reminding people of the truth,” he says. “After this challenge, he has agreed to a meeting with the committee.”
Bedford says time is critical.
“This issue has not gone away, and Ringo is only three months away from a homecoming gig in Liverpool,” the author says. “This needs to be sorted out now!”
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