Founding Beatles member Pete Best will soon have a street in Liverpool named in his honour.
The fab-four’s first drummer, has been included in a list of names that Liverpool City Council want recognize when naming new roads. Best has been included for what a council spokesman said is his ‘special contribution’ to the city’s musical heritage. Jean Grimes is an original Beatles fan who has ran a campaign to see Best honoured in this way for over 30 years. He said the decision to consider the musician’s name in this way is welcome news that has been a long time coming. Grimes said: “Pete is a fantastic ambassador for the City of Liverpool.
“He had such an important hand in creating what is still the most famous band on the planet today. It really is about time the Council recognised the importance of his role.
Over 10,000 Facebook users campaigned the Liverpool City Council to “Name A Street After Pete.” And earlier this week, their efforts were recognized with the announcement of Pete Best Drive.
“I feel very humbled, very flattered and very honoured that the city of Liverpool, council members and the people of Liverpool have thought to honour me in such a fantastic way,” Best told the BBC.
Pete Best Drive will be located in a housing development near where the ex-Beatle is from. It is also less than half a mile away from The Casbah Club, which was started by Best’s mother, Mona, in 1959. The legendary club, where The Beatles played many shows, will also be immortalized with the street Casbah Close.
“The Cashbah Coffee Club was the catalyst for the Merseybeat sound,” said Best. “It was the original birthplace of The Beatles on Aug. 29, 1959, and it is great that I’ve been associated with that as well. I just wish that [my mother] was still here to receive the honour herself because she was the mother of Merseybeat and her memory, The Casbah Close, will live on alongside my name.”
Roag Best, Pete’s brother and manager, commented, “The formative years of The Beatles were very much Pete’s years, and without these years, The Beatles would not have gone on to be the world icons they became.”
Best, who still tours with a five piece band playing original material and Beatles classics, is said so support the decision was announced in a letter by Malcolm Kennedy, the executive member for transport and regeneration at Liverpool City Council.
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