Mural honouring John Peel and The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' erased from wall in Belfast The Undertones Tickets

Lyrics to the song were painted on the Bridge End flyover into East Belfast in 2004 to commemorate Peel

Mural honouring John Peel and The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks' erased from wall in Belfast

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A mural honouring John Peel and his love for The Undertones' punk anthem 'Teenage Kicks' has been wiped off a wall in Belfast.

Lyrics to the 1978 song, "Teenage kicks, so hard to beat" were written on the wall as a tribute to the late DJ, but were removed by the Department for Social Development (DSD), The Guardian reports. The department claims it removed the mural as part of a £300,000 improvement scheme in the area. "We do not remove graffiti as standalone issue. However, we will always remove graffiti, after consultation, as part of any scheme if it falls within a scheme area," a statement reads.

It continues: "Community representatives had contacted from the area have made initial contact with the department to develop a proposal to bring together teenagers from the Short Strand and Newtownards Road area to design alternative community art work in this location."

Undertones bass player Michael Bradley tweeted on Friday: " #TeenageDreams So the John Peel graffiti removed in Belfast. Undertones now going to paint over the DRD [sic] building. Call the Outcasts!"

The same lyrics to the track painted on the mural are also written on Peel's gravestone. 'Teenage Kicks' was first recorded in Belfast in 1978 and was championed by Peel when he made the unprecedented move of playing it twice in a row on his Radio 1 show.


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