Ringo's still a Starr
Aug 2 2005
By Nick Coligan Political Reporter, Liverpool Echo
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SCHOOLCHILDREN have had a fab idea - naming their new sports complex after famous old boy Ringo Starr.
The Beatles legend came out on top when pupils at Shorefields Technology College in Dingle were asked to choose a title for the planned £250,000 facility.
Ringo briefly attended Shorefields when it was called Dingle Vale secondary modern, before his rise to superstardom.
School staff are now waiting to find out whether they can build the new Starr Fields complex on rundown Dingle Vale recreation ground.
A report to Liverpool council says: "Many students felt the project should honour someone who was born and grew up in the community and later achieved international recognition and success.
"To rename the area Starr Fields allows the school to honour and pay tribute to Ringo, while at the same time giving a new generation of young people improved facilities."
Shorefields wants to build aa floodlit synthetic turf sports pitch, three tennis and netball courts and changing rooms at Dingle Vale Rec.
The school, which has around 1,000 pupils, was recently refurbished but its outdoor playing facilities are inadequate.
Shorefields has doubled in size in the past 10 years and sees Dingle Vale Rec, within walking distance of the school, as the ideal location.
At the moment, the Rec is rarely used by the community because of its lack of modern facilities.
Rodger Lafferty, chairman of governors, said: "The Rec is currently quite rundown and we want to get in there and turn it into a managed sports centre."