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City OKs demolition of Beatle’s childhood home

September 10, 2005

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— A city council committee has approved the demolition of a childhood home of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr despite protests from opponents of a redevelopment plan.

The council's Housing Select Committee on Thursday decided that the property had no historical significance. The full council is expected to make a decision on Sept. 16.

The Victorian terraced house is one of 460 properties marked for demolition for a redevelopment project.

"Ringo Starr lived in the Madryn Street house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years," said Flo Clucas, the council's executive member for housing.

"John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes were preserved because they spent a significant part of their lives in them," Clucas said, referring to other Beatles members.

Jeremy Hawthorn, who campaigned to keep the homes, said the council wanted "to clear working-class families out of this area to make way for expensive housing for richer people."

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