Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up

Ringo Starr's childhood home has been boarded up to stop Beatles fans from stealing mementos from it.

The house ' number nine Madryn Street, Liverpool, North East England - has had metal shutters fitted to it after numerous souvenir hunters descended upon the property to take bricks from around the windows of the home, which is scheduled to be demolished. The shutters have been put in place as a safety measure, as if more bricks are removed the property could present a danger to passers-by.

Fans are lobbying to keep the home ' where the 70-year-old Beatles star's family lived when he was born - from being knocked down.

Philip Coppell, Chairman of the Save Madryn Street Society, said: 't is encouraging to see that the council has taken steps to halt the activities of the souvenir hunters.
'Fans from all over the world have objected to the demolition and we are still hopeful that we can persuade the city to revoke the demolition order.'
The home is the only house linked to a member of The Beatles ' Ringo, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison ' which does not have protected status.
Another group, The Beatles Society, wants to see the bricks sold off for charity if the house is demolished, with some parts saved for the local Liverpool Museum of Life.

The local council wants to knock down the home and surrounding streets to make way for new housing.

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(Fans will stop at nothing to get a piece of souvenir it seems. My wish is that they keep the house from being demolished and possibly make it a museum of sort, like they have done here in Salem, MA - The Witch House & The House of Seven Gables or in Plymouth, MA with Plymouth Rock though they do not charge a fee to view 'The Rock'. Charge a fee to tour the home and the dollars raised can go to whatever charity Ringo would like. I always lean towards perserving things of the past for future generations to see and get a feel for what came before.)

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