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Walking tour for Joy Division fans

Published 18/05/2010 | 04:36

Joy Division fans can take part in a walking tour
Joy Division fans can take part in a walking tour

Joy Division are to be commemorated with a walking tour of locations which had a formative influence on the band in their youth.

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Fans from around the world already make pilgrimages to Macclesfield to find the home of late singer Ian Curtis and venues which played a part.

Now a more formal guide is to be produced, taking in more than a dozen points of interest as the Cheshire town prepares to host a celebration of the band - also featuring Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook - to mark the 30th anniversary of Curtis's death.

The tour takes in the house at 77 Barton Street in which the singer lived with wife Debbie - and the place in which he hanged himself exactly 30 years ago on Tuesday.

It also visits notable pubs, clubs and rehearsal spaces, as well as the Labour Exchange in Armitt Street at which Curtis worked prior to success with the band.

And included in the forthcoming guide is the memorial in Macclesfield Crematorium which has become a shrine for the cult star's thousands of fans.

Much of the focus of the Joy Division 2010 celebrations will revolve around Unknown Pleasures, an exhibition of documents and memorabilia - and the first of its kind to be held in the band's hometown.

Among the items to be displayed at the 1813 Sunday School Heritage Centre building is a hand-written letter from Curtis who expresses his dissatisfaction with Closer, the band's second album.

In it he declares: "This LP is a disaster."

The Unknown Pleasures exhibition takes place from July 29 to August 7.

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