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Doreen at the age of 16. <br />
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A collection of fascinating letters written by Ringo Starr to his girlfriend before he joined the Beatles have emerged for sale.<br />
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Ringo, who was then known as Richard Starkey, wrote of his experiences in a small rock 'n' roll band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.<br />
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He penned several notes about playing concerts at Butlins, going to bed late and enjoying lie ins, and how he saved up enough money to purchase an old Ford Zodiac.<br />
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In one fascinating message he tells his sweetheart that he was asked to join the Beatles and that she should go and buy their new single 'Love Me Do'.<br />
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He said: "I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and i said yes and I left Rory.'<br />
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"I am doing very well with the new group we have a record out I hope you have herd (sic) it it is on Luxembury every night (also don't forget to buy it)."<br />
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At the time, his girlfriend had no idea the song would propel the group to stardom until it reached number one in the charts and they appeared on the BBC.<br />
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The letters were all written to Doreen Speight, now 70, who met Ringo when she was 16 at a Butlins in Pwllheli, Wales, in October 1961.<br />
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As neither of their families had a telephone they decided to swap addresses so they could write to each other after the holiday.<br />
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The young couple corresponded over dozens of letters but just five are in existence today, spanning from October 1961 to October 1962.