Beatles fans have blasted a decision by English Heritage bosses not to save Ringo Starr's birthplace from demolition - branding the ruling "a joke".
Earlier this month (Dec10), a preservation order was placed on the famous pedestrian crossing in London featured on the cover of the Fab Four's 1969 album Abbey Road.
The decision was taken after English Heritage bosses advised the British government to save the crossing - but it later emerged they had also decided drummer Starr's birthplace in Liverpool is not worth preserving.
The property - at 9 Madryn Street - is under threat of demolition, and now campaigners are urging officials to step in and save it before the bulldozers move in.
A spokesman for Save Britain's Heritage tells architecture website BDOnline, "How is it possible to argue that (the) birthplace of Ringo Starr is less important than the Abbey Road crossing? Madryn Street, which Ringo frequently refers to in his own writings and lyrics, draws in thousands of visitors from across the globe.
"It is in an area desperately trying to cling on to its historic identity in the face enforced blight and threatened destruction. The house and neighbourhood embody the romance of the Beatles story."