Visiting Madryn Street this week it’s hard not to reflect on what a shame this, not especially because Ringo was born there, but because the streets are the kind of terraced accommodation seen throughout Liverpool, and say so much about the city.
The street – part of the Dingle ‘Welsh streets’ – is now largely abandoned, but it’s easy to imagine a time when there were few cars, plenty of kids playing football and a thriving working-class community.
It aseems more unlikely than ever that Starr’s place of birth will be saved from the bulldozers, after his rather ill-conceived remarks about what he missed about the city
It’s easy to write these notions off as a kind of false nostalgia, but I remember streets like these in Hartlepool in the early 80’s, now gone to rack and ruin with ephemeral tenants and boarded-up houses the order of the day.
They were thriving places where everyone knew everyone, people would swap gossip on a daily basis and kids ran riot. They seemed like happy places to me.
Looking at those 19th Century Madryn Street houses now it’s sad to imagine the place bulldozed to make way for identikit estate houses with their individual rubbish bins and car ports.
Madryn Street shouldn’t be saved because Ringo lived there, they should be saved because those streets as as much a part of Liverpool as The Beatles.