Tomorrow, Sunday 9th December, former Coronation Street star, Nigel Pivaro, will be conducting a special auction at the Salford Star pop-up shop in Salford Precinct which will include a brick taken from Ringo Starr's birthplace home at 9 Madryn Street in the 'Welsh Streets' of Liverpool. The brick is incredibly symbolic for Salford as well as being a rare piece of memorabilia.
Ringo's home was due to be demolished as part of the 'regeneration' of the Welsh Streets but after a huge campaign to save them, 127 properties are being extensively remodelled in a £17million scheme to keep affordable houses.
Contrast this tale with the other brick that is being auctioned – The Last Brick In Broughton, where residents put forward a remodelling plan but Salford City Council rejected it and, instead demolished all the terraced homes, supporting new unaffordable houses that were eventually sold for an average three times the price of what it paid homeowners to vacate. All done with public money, of course.*