A mural of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis on Port Street, Manchester, has been painted over with an advert for local rapper Aitch, prompting such an outcry that the rapper has promised to restore the original painting.
Aitch, an MC from Moston in north Manchester, said he had no control over which billboards were used to advertise his new album and would never have sanctioned such an act of “disrespect” against a “local hero”.
“It’s come to light that the iconic Ian Curtis mural on Port Street has been painted over with my album artwork. This is the first time I’ve heard of this, me and my team are getting this fixed pronto. No way on earth would I want to disrespect a local hero like Ian,” he tweeted. “I don’t just choose locations for billboards,” he added.
Aitch’s response was welcomed by Peter Hook, Joy Division’s bassist, who had responded with dismay to the mural being painted over as “very sad to see”.