Sir Ringo Starr sent “peace and love” to his longtime friend and former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney on his 80th birthday.
The former Beatle was among the many celebrities who sent their best wishes to Sir Paul as he marked a major milestone ahead of his performance at Glastonbury next weekend.
Referring to their 1968 song “Birthday”, Sir Ringo tweeted: “They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul love you man have a nice day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love, love, peace and love.”
The drummer, who turned 80 last year, also shared a photo of himself making a V sign for peace.
Sir Paul celebrated his birthday on a US tour and earlier this week he was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi in New Jersey, who sang Happy Birthday to him with the help of some 50,000 fans.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown referred to the performance when he tweeted: “I think we’d all like to sing Happy 80th Birthday to @PaulMcCartney tonight. My friend Jon Bon Jovi does it in style.”
Sir Paul will be Glastonbury’s oldest solo headliner next Saturday when he takes the Pyramid stage. It also topped the list at the Somerset Music Festival in 2004.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has shared a series of photos of himself and Sir Paul together over the years.
He tweeted: “Very happy 80th birthday!!”
The official Beatles Twitter account shared a video of moments from Sir Paul’s decades of music set to the track “The Beatles’ Birthday”.
George Harrison, who died in 2001, posted footage of Sir Paul taken by the late musician on his Twitter account.
BBC TV presenter Edith Bowman also tweeted: “Happy birthday legend lovely man @PaulMcCartney xxx.”
And American singer-songwriter Carol King shared a photo of herself hugging Sir Paul, with the caption: “Happy birthday @paulmccartney. Welcome to the 80s.”
Sir Paul is a long-time supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), and the animal rights group paid tribute to his work on Twitter.
The official account read: “Happy 80th birthday @PaulMcCartney.
“We love seeing you protect animals and strive for ethical change! Thank you for raising awareness of the European citizens’ #SaveCrueltyFreeCosmetics initiative.”
To mark the occasion, four unsigned musicians performed at Sir Paul’s childhood home in Liverpool.
The National Trust, which looks after 20 Fortlin Road, held Fortlin’s screenings on Friday and the tapes were played on his birthday on Saturday.
The cast – Serena Ittu, Hamm, Emily Theodora and Dullan – are featured in a 16-minute video posted to the foundation’s YouTube account.
The McCartney family moved into the house in 1955 and their mother Mary died a year later, leaving her husband Jim to raise 14-year-old Paul and 12-year-old Mike alone.
During his career, Sir Paul has received 18 Grammy awards, the Order of the British Empire and was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2017, he was appointed a member of the Order of Companions of Honor, a special award given to those who have made major contributions to the arts, sciences, medicine, or government.
His first wife Linda died in 1998, and in 2002 he married Heather Mills. They separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008.
The father of five has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.