madryn street

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Madryn Street in Liverpool is where my grandad and his friend Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) grew up. Despite the campaigns to stop the council from knocking down all the houses, the council are going ahead with their decisions. When I recently visited the road, all the doors and windows have been boarded up with metal and on each door there is a piece of poetry and a placard each with a different quote. Each poem was different and I’d like to think that they each reflect the family and people who lived inside.
I took some photos and thought I’d share them

Scan - “George [Harrison], aged two, being held by his sister, Louise, with brothers Peter and Harry (far right of table), Liverpool, VE Day, [8 May] 1945”; scanned from Living in the Material World

Photo © Harrison Family

“VE Day, Victory in Europe. Little Richy Starkey, who’d lost a parent but not as a result of the war, sat down to a few severely rationed treats at an open-air party in Madryn Street, and George Harrison, youngest in a family of six, did the same in Arnold Grove.” - All These Years: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

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“Another very early memory is as a baby, of a party in the street. There were air-raid shelters and people were sitting around tables and benches. I must have been no more than two. We used to have a photograph of me there, so it’s probably only because I could relive that scene when I was younger, through the photograph, that I remember it.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology