U.K. minister urges Ringo's home saved

Jan. 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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LIVERPOOL, England, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Britain's housing minister wants the city of Liverpool to save the boyhood home of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Starr's family home on Madryn Street is slated for demolition to make way for a new housing project, but Housing Minister Grant Shapps says the place has historic significance and should be preserved.

The English Heritage agency earlier rejected an application to grant the home so-called listed status, saying it lacked "historic or architectural importance."

The Sunday Telegraph said Beatles fans rallied to urge Shapps to step in. The minister asked the Liverpool City Council to halt the demolition, but he has the power to step in and save the home.

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