Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Ringo Starr's Birth House is saved!

Good news for all Beatles fans (and especially those who like Ringo Starr) because on 30 May 2012 Liverpool council leader Richard Kemp confirmed that 117 houses in the 11 so-called "Welsh" streets in Dingle will be saved and restored.

Richard "Ringo" Starkey was born on 7 July 1940 in Madryn Street nr. 9. Madryn is Welsh for "fox" and 10 other adjacent streets all have a Welsh name (i.e. Rhiwlas, Gwydir or Pengwern).
When Ringo was 3 they moved to the other side of the street at Admiral Grove 10.

The houses in the Welsh streets have been in bad condition for some time now, and even older pictures on Google Street Maps show that this was not a recent problem.
For more than 8 years Liverpudlians have been debating about what to do with the Victorian terraces. Messages on the walls from Beatles fans clearly favoured a restoration of the area.

The government has now offered a £2 million grant and locals hope Ringo's house will be bought by the National Trust (who have already acquired Paul McCartney and John Lennon's house).

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