By Alex Green, PA Acting Deputy Entertainment Editor
Ringo Starr has sent “peace and love” to his long-standing friend and former bandmate Paul McCartney on his 80th birthday.
The ex-Beatle was among the many famous names sending their best wishes to McCartney as he marked the milestone ahead of headlining Glastonbury next weekend.
Referencing their 1968 song Birthday, Starr wrote on Twitter: “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.”
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 😎✌️🌟❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/foex8TZa8m
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) June 17, 2022
The drummer, who himself turned 80 last year, also shared a photo where he’s flashing a V sign for peace.
McCartney has been celebrating his birthday while on tour in the US, and earlier this week was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi in New Jersey, who sung Happy Birthday to him with the help of some 50,000 fans.
Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown referenced that performance as he tweeted: “I think we would all like to sing Happy 80th Birthday to @PaulMcCartney today. My friend Jon Bon Jovi doing it in style here.”
Next Saturday, McCartney will become Glastonbury’s oldest ever solo headliner when he takes to the Pyramid stage. He also topped the bill at the Somerset music festival in 2004.
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) June 18, 2022
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood shared a series of photos of him and McCartney together throughout the years.
He wrote on Twitter: “A very happy 80th birthday!!”
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) June 18, 2022
The Beatles official Twitter account shared a video of moments from McCartney’s decades in music set to the Beatles’ Birthday track.
The Twitter account of bandmate George Harrison, who died in 2001, posted footage of McCartney taken by the late musician.
BBC broadcaster Edith Bowman also tweeted: “Happy Birthday legend, lovely man @PaulMcCartney xxx”
— Carole King (@Carole_King) June 18, 2022
And American singer-songwriter Carole King shared a photo of her embracing McCartney captioned: “Happy birthday @paulmccartney. Welcome to the 80s.”
McCartney is a long-standing supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and the animal rights group paid tribute to his work on Twitter.
Happy 80th Birthday @PaulMcCartney 🎉
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Have an amazing day ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tgoRQXLzUF
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) June 18, 2022
Its official account posted: “Happy 80th Birthday @PaulMcCartney.
“We love seeing you advocate for animals, and strive for ethical change! Thank you for raising awareness of the #SaveCrueltyFreeCosmetics European Citizens’ Initiative.”
To mark the occasion, four unsigned musicians performed at the childhood home of McCartney in Liverpool.
The National Trust, who look after 20 Forthlin Road, hosted The Forthlin Sessions on Friday with the recordings playing out on his birthday on Saturday.
The acts – Serena Ittoo, Humm, Emily Theodora, and Dullan – featured in a 16-minute video posted to the trust’s YouTube account.
The McCartney family moved to the house in 1955 and within a year their mother Mary died, leaving her husband Jim to raise 14-year-old Paul and 12-year-old Mike alone.
During his career, McCartney’s awards have included 18 competitive Grammys, an OBE, and being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice.
In 2017, he was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour – a special award granted to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government.
His first wife Linda died in 1998 and he went on to marry Heather Mills in 2002. They split in 2006 and divorced in 2008.
The father-of-five has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.