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Ringo Starr goes back to the Octopus's Garden

1 of 1 Ringo in a garden. No sign of an octopus though
Ringo in a garden. No sign of an octopus though

Ringo Starr is taking a trip back to the Octopus’s Garden to write a picture book based on the song which he penned for The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road.

Ringo wrote the ditty after taking a boat trip with old Beatles mate Peter Sellers and has teamed up with Ben Cort, the illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and Beatles fan.

The 72-year-old Beatle, who also narrated the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, said: “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus’s Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo.”

The book will come with an accompanying CD which includes an exclusive reading by Starr and a never-before-heard version of the song, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

The tune is said to be inspired by a trip Ringo took on a boat belonging to comedian Peter Sellers in Sardinia in 1968. The drummer ordered fish and chips for lunch but was offered squid. The boat's captain supposedly told Starr that octopuses trawl the sea bed to pick up shiny objects which they use to build gardens in front of their caves.

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