August 25, 2010 22:18

Beatles fans unite to try and save Ringo Starr's home

Campaign starts to stop the demolition of 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool

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A group of Beatles fans have united to stop the demolition of the house that Ringo Starr was born in.

The Save Madryn Street (SMS) campaign was launched earlier today (August 25) and is headed by Ringo Starr lookalike Max Frudd.

The group are hoping to conserve the Victorian terraced house at 9 Madryn Street, Toxteth, one of hundreds in the area which are due to be bulldozed.

"We are going to fight tooth and nail in Liverpool, and around the world, to call a halt to this crazy decision to demolish Madryn Street," Phil Coppell, one of the founding members of SMS, told BBC News. "The homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon are already preserved and Ringo is no less important."

He added: "We want to see Ringo'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 repeatedly earmarked for demolition over the past five years as part of a plan to build more modern family homes in the area.

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