Ringo Starr to Receive Liverool Honour
26 July 2006
Liverpool will honour Ringo Starr when the city dedicates an upcoming
recreation park in his name. Liverpool.gov.uk reported that the
city will spend nearly $2 million to refurbish its decaying Dingle
Swings Recreation Ground into "Starr Fields" in the Dingle section
of Liverpool where Starr was born and raised.
The park will feature six bronze benches as a tribute to each decade
of Starr's life (he turned 66 on July 7th) as well as a state of
the art football pitch and three tennis and netball games areas.
The park will also include a changing area for nearby Shorefields
School. No completion date for the Starr Fields has been announced.
John Charnock, the head teacher of Shorefields School, commented,
"We are hugely excited about this scheme as it will provide a fantastic
facility for pupils and the local community to use. Ringo Starr
has offered his support for the scheme and is as enthusiastic as
we are about the opportunities it offers to young people."
Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes are now owned
and run by Britain's National Trust. In 2001, Liverpool renamed
its international airport the John Lennon Airport. Last year, Starr
joked that he'd be happy if his hometown dedicated the airport's
baggage claim to him.
The upcoming Starr Fields is the first official honour the city
has bestowed on either Starr or the late George Harrison as individuals.