Ringo’s Birthplace Spared From Demolition

Following a couple years of legal wrangling and public debate, Ringo Starr’s birthplace has been saved from the wrecking ball.

After fielding a large number of pleas from local residents and Beatles fans, Britain's housing minister Grant Shapps stepped in with a plan to renovate rather than demolish 30 properties in the Liverpool inner-city neighborhood of Dingle, including 9 Madryn Street, where the young Mr. Starkey was raised until the age of five.

It remains a controversial subject in Liverpool, however. Shrapps and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson found themselves in the midst of an angry confrontation between supporters and detractors earlier today when the new plan was announced in a joint press conference outside Ringo’s former home.