Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr apologises for 2008 Liverpool jibe

Updated: May 26, 2011, 19:42 PM IST

London: Prior to his UK tour including a Liverpool empire gig, former Beatle drummer Ringo Starr has apologized to the people of Liverpool for the comments he made regarding his home town in 2008.

“I apologise to those people (who were offended), as long as they live in Liverpool, not outside,” the BBC quoted Starr as saying during an interview.

“No real Scouser took offence, only I believe people from the outside,” he added.

The drummer had angered the Scousers when he said that he does not miss anything about Liverpool in his infamous interview with Jonathan Ross in January 2008.

His comments were greeted with anger from some people in Merseyside and a foliage sculpture of the drummer at Liverpool South Parkway station was beheaded by vandals three months later, with the sculptures of the three other Beatles left untouched.

When the star was asked about the offence caused by the remarks three years ago, he told the BBC that Liverpool was still very important to him.

The drummer said: “I was brought up there, I went to school there, all my childhood, my youth was there.

“It’s silly that whoever took offence took offence,” he said.