Beatles Fans Organise to Save Ringo Starr’s Childhood Home
[lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] fans in Liverpool have united in a bid to save [lastfm]Ringo Starr[/lastfm]’s home from demolition.
The Save Madryn Street (SMS) campaign is to launch at the city’s Hard Day’s Night Hotel on Tuesday (Aug. 25), led by local [lastfm]Ringo[/lastfm] impersonator Max Frudd, the BBC reports.
The Victorian terraced house in Toxteth, where the drummer spent the early years of his life, is one of hundreds in the so-called Welsh streets set to be bulldozed, as reported in Spinner.
SMS founders argue the small home attracts thousands of visitors a year and its removal would impact the city’s tourism – even though the street is already boarded up. [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] guide Phil Coppell said the group would fight “tooth and nail” to reverse the decision.
“The homes of [lastfm]Paul McCartne[/lastfm]y and [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm] are already preserved and [lastfm]Ringo[/lastfm] is no less important,” he added. “We want to see [lastfm]Ringo[/lastfm]’s birthplace conserved and turned into a proper tourist destination; and we are also taken by the idea that some of the houses could be converted for tourist lets.”
Starr’s birthplace has been threatened with removal for the past five years as part of a sweeping plan to build more modern homes, but demolition notices have now reappeared. Discussions to move 9 Madryn Street to the new Museum of Liverpool are currently on hold.