The grand opening of the Capital of Culture had gone well, what with Ringo turning up - and, after all, he was a Beatle. Even although part of the original idea of the Capital of Culture was to try and remind people there's more to Liverpool than The Beatles.
And Ringo said nice things about the city, and everyone was very happy:
In front of a capacity crowd at the new ECHO Arena Ringo said he was “this close” to moving back.
A week later, he turns up on Friday night with Jonathan Ross and is asked what he misses about the city:
Ross: “I didn’t know that would get laughter . . . Is there anything you miss about Liverpool?”
Ringo: “Er, no. . . Look I love Liverpool. I was a child in Liverpool. I grew up in Liverpool. My family members are in Liverpool. But you know. . . .
I had to tell the audience as it was so excited that I was this close to coming back. But I had a great time up there at the weekend [during the opening ceremony]. I did.”
Council Leader Warren Bradley is outraged - he took time out of trying to bury the Mathew Street Festival screw-up to try and spin the story:
“But we saw at the press conference he did in Liverpool that’s Ringo’s style, to be flippant.
“He came to Liverpool and did a PR job for himself. And what we got from him being home paid dividends for us here and abroad.
“I’m not going to get hung up on it.”
Cllr Mike Storey, executive member for regeneration, said: “It’s hugely disappointing and sad.
“It’s disappointing someone who came to lead Capital of Culture year should go away and be so negative about it.”
And Ringo got VIP treatment when he was in the city - imagine what the people who turn up and pick their way through a series of building sites must go away thinking.