The tour guide gave a good mix of informative narration and playing of Beatles songs. We drive by Ringo Starr’s house at 10 Admiral Grove in Dingle Liverpool. He lived here with his mum Elsie who was a barmaid at the nearby Empress Pub. This pub was immortalized in 1970 by being featured on the cover of Ringo’s first solo album, Sentimental Journey. We learned that Ringo was a sickly child and due to his many absences from school and hospitalizations for pneumonia and peritonitis from a ruptured appendix he did not learn to read until age 10.
Our first of four stops was Penny Lane which was written by Paul McCartney. This song is resonant with the memories of McCartney and Lennon at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the city centre.
Our next stop was George Harrison’s house at 12 Arnold Grove. We could not go down the street to get a picture because there was an ambulance parked out front. When George Harrison traveled he would check into hotels under the name of Arnold Grove.
Next stop, Strawberry Fields; which was actually a girls school near John Lennon’s house. He used to climb a tree there so that he could watch the school girls.
Immediately after returning home from our busy day Sandy went on line and booked tickets through The National Trust for tours of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s houses tomorrow.