Ringo Starr sends ‘peace and love’ to Paul McCartney on 80th birthday

Sir Ringo Starr has sent “peace and love” to his longtime friend and former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney on his 80th birthday.

He was one of several well-known names to send greetings to ex-Beatle Sir Paul, as he marked the milestone before heading to Glastonbury the following weekend.

Referring to his 1968 song Birthday, Sir Ringo wrote on Twitter: “They say it’s your birthday Happy Birthday Paul Love you man Have a great day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace More love.”

Dholakia, who himself turned 80 last year, also shared a picture in which he is showing the V symbol for peace.

Sir Paul is celebrating his birthday during a tour of America, and was joined onstage earlier this week in New Jersey by Jon Bon Jovi, who helped nearly 50,000 fans wish him a happy birthday.

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown referred to that performance, tweeting: “I think we’d all like to sing @PaulMcCartney Happy 80th Birthday today. My friend Jon Bon Jovi doing it here in style.”

Next Saturday, Sir Paul will become Glastonbury’s oldest solo headliner ever when he takes the Pyramid stage. He also topped the bill at the Somerset Music Festival in 2004.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood shared a series of photos of him and Sir Paul through the years.

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He wrote on Twitter: “Wishing you a very Happy 80th Birthday!!”

The Beatles’ official Twitter account shared a video of moments from Sir Paul’s decades-long musical set to the Beatles’ birthday track.

Footage of Sir Paul taken by the late musician was posted on the Twitter account of bandmate George Harrison, who died in 2001.

BBC broadcaster Edith Bowman also tweeted: “Happy birthday dear man @PaulMcCartney xxx”

And American singer-songwriter Carole King shared a photo of herself hugging Sir Paul, captioned: “Happy birthday @paulmccartney. Welcome back to the 80s.”

Sir Paul is a longtime supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the animal rights group paid tribute to his work on Twitter.

Its official account posted: “Happy 80th Birthday @PaulMcCartney.

“We love to see you advocating for animals, and striving for ethical change! #SaveCrueltyFreeCosmetics Thank you for raising awareness of the European Citizens Initiative.”

To mark the occasion, four unsigned musicians performed at Sir Paul’s childhood home in Liverpool.

The National Trust, which looks after 20 Forthlin Road, hosted The Forthlin Sessions on Friday, the recording of which played out on Saturday for his birthday.

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Unsigned artist outside 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool, the childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney (Fabio De Paola/PA)

The acts – Serena Ittu, Hum, Emily Theodora and Dulan – are featured in a 16-minute video posted to the Trust’s YouTube account.

The McCartney family moved home in 1955 and within a year their mother Mary died, leaving her husband Jim, 14, Paul and 12-year-old Mike.

During his career, Sir Paul’s awards include 18 competitive Grammys, an OBE, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

In 2017, he was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor – a special award given to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, sciences, medicine or government.

His first wife, Linda, died in 1998 and he married Heather Mills in 2002. They separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008.

The Five of Five has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.