Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, celebrates Sir Paul McCartney's 80th birthday

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ITV News Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner reports on the 80th birthday celebrations in Liverpool.

Sir Paul McCartney has thanked his fans for their birthday wishes, as the veteran singer turned 80.

Living legends including Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Carole King and Ronnie Wood took to social media to congratulate the former Beatle.

Sir Paul wrote on social media: "Thanks for all the lovely greetings and warm wishes for my birthday."

Ringo Starr wrote: "They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul love you man have a great day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace and love."

While Yoko Ono said: "Dear Paul, Happy 80th Birthday and many, many more! From a partner in Peace... love, yoko"

Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn added: "Today’s planet-wide birthday shouts for @PaulMcCartney are richly merited.

"What a magnificent life – what magnificent multiple lives! – and there’s plenty of mileage in the tank yet."

Meanwhile, on the last leg of Sir Paul's US tour, Jon Bon Jovi sang Happy Birthday to the octogenarian.

Closer to home, Liverpool came together to celebrate one of its most beloved home-grown talents.

Four unsigned acts played new music at Sir Paul's childhood home following a search for new talent by the National Trust, which now looks after 20 Forthlin Road.

Jan Holberg, a former student at Sir Paul's school for performing arts, also played there after writing a note to McCartney.

He received a personal reply saying that he could perform at his home with his blessing.

Jan Holberg said receiving Sir Paul's blessing was "unbelievable".

Mathew Street, home to The Cavern Club where the Fab Four famously played in their early days, was temporarily been renamed McCartney Street in praise of the musician.

A large banner across the street read "Happy 80th birthday Paul - love from Liverpool".

Children at Stockton Wood Primary school, where Sir Paul attended, also sent him their birthday wishes.

And The Beatles Story museum has created an area where visitors can send their personal messages and digitally sign a birthday card.

Visitors also have the chance to donate to one of his key charities, Nordoff Robbins, which helps people through music therapy.

Mary Chadwick, general manager at the attraction, said "We’re very excited for everybody to see the art installation we’ve been working on, and to have the opportunity to sign our birthday card for Paul."

Mathew Street has become McCartney Street for the celebrations Credit: Visit Liverpool

A bingo hall in Knotty Ash had already been revamped, becoming Macca Bingo for the celebrations.

The Cavern Club celebrated the big day with a series of events including a McCartney tribute show and a special vegetarian menu at The Cavern Restaurant.

Sir Paul will take to the stage at Glastonbury Festival as a headliner next Saturday (25 July).

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