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Ringo's home escapes demolition
Ringo Starr's birthplace in Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool
Ringo Starr's birthplace will now be refurbished
The Liverpool birthplace of former Beatle Ringo Starr has been saved from the bulldozer.

The Victorian terrace in Madryn Street, Dingle, was among 477 houses earmarked for demolition by the council.

But following a campaign by residents, only 108 houses will be knocked down while the rest - including Ringo's former home - will be refurbished.

It is part of a government-backed scheme to regenerate Dingle and other parts of the city.

Starr had opposed plans to knock down the house, where he lived for three years before his family moved to nearby Admiral Grove.

'Houses refurbished'

A council spokesman said: "Initially there were plans to demolish 477 houses, but those plans have been reduced to 108.

"The house which Ringo Starr lived in on Madryn Street is not being demolished.

"The decision followed consultation with people living in the area, and these houses will be refurbished instead."

Residents groups have welcomed the plans but vowed to keep fighting to save the houses still earmarked for demolition.

They said the plans would damage community spirit.

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