Arise Sir Ringo: Knighthood For Beatle Ringo Starr

30 December 2017, 00:01

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The former Beatle will become Sir Ringo in the New Year’s Honours List.

Ringo Starr is to be knighted in the New Year’s Honours List.

The former Beatles drummer will join his bandmate Paul McCartney in becoming “Sir Ringo” for services to music and charity.

Ringo said in a statement: ""It's great! It's an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo."

Sir Paul was given the honour back in 1997, but finally his former colleague in The Beatles will join him, 52 years after being awarded the MBE.

Last week, a friend told The Sun that the 77-year-old musician - real name Richard Starkey - was “made up”. They added: “It’s richly deserved, if a little overdue.

“It came as a bolt from the blue.

“Ringo was totally knocked sideways but is chuffed to bits.”

Also on this year's New Years Honours List, Bee Gee Barry Gibb is also to be knighted, along with Lib Dem politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, while Strictly Come Dancing star Darcey Bussell will become a Dame.

Grime star Wiley gets an MBE, while  broadcaster Eamonn Holmes receives an OBE for services to broadcasting.

And 80s pop icon Marc Almond, formerly of Soft Cell, gets an OBE for services to arts and culture. Well done!

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