‘New’ photo of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis at 1970s office Christmas party discovered

The snap was shared on a Facebook group for residents of Curtis' native Macclesfield

A “new” photo of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis has been unearthed and shared online.

Radio presenter Geoff Lloyd shared the photo on his Twitter feed, writing it had originally been posted in a “Macclesfield group on Facebook.”

“Someone put up a picture of his dad’s work Christmas drinks from the ‘70s,” Lloyd explained. “He worked a Macclesfield Unemployment Office and Ian Curtis from Joy Division is one of the colleagues.” See the newly discovered snap below.

Curtis began working at the job centre in Macclesfield in 1978, where it was his job to help people with mental or physical disabilities find work.

In 2015, it was reported that the man who had bought the Joy Division frontman’s former house was planning to turn it into a museum dedicated to the band. Buyer Hadar Goldman said the house would also be a “digital hub”, which would support artists all over the world.

However, Goldman’s plans received some backlash from fans and divided Curtis’ old bandmates. Bassist Peter Hook gave the project his blessing but Bernard Sumner said he was concerned it would become a “monument to suicide” because Curtis was found dead in the property’s kitchen.

The buyer denied this, saying there was “nothing spooky about it”, but admitted he would open the kitchen to visitors.

Curtis died on May 18, 1980, at the age of 23. He recorded two albums with Joy Division before his death, but only 1979’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ was released while he was still alive. ‘Closer’ followed two months after Curtis’ passing.