Teenage Kicks mural returns

Undertones graffiti.
Undertones graffiti.

A mural depicting lyrics from punk anthem, ‘Teenage Kicks’, by Derry rockers The Undertones, is to return to a flyover in Belfast.

The move comes a year after the original painting was controversially removed.

Its removal sparked outrage in the local community and among music fans.

However, it’s now to be re-created as part of a £6,000 community project in the east of the city.

Plans are understood to be at an advanced stage to create new artwork on the Bridge End flyover as part of a cross-community project.

A second mural is planned for the other side of the flyover will be illustrated with lyrics from a hit Snow Patrol song.

It’s expected the new murals will be painted in the autumn.

Local Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle said he hoped the project would help promote regeneration.

“The significant objection that we saw to the removal of the original artwork shows the public support for a positive message for youth in the area,” he said.

“It has been positive that we have been working with local young people’s groups in the area to make proposals for a new modern expression and reflection of musical talent in the area.

“I hope that, by working with youth groups, the wider public and the East Belfast Partnership, we will be able to bring forward proposals that the public will find positive and will regenerate that area of east Belfast.”

The Undertones’ lyrics first appeared on the Bridge End flyover in 2004, the day after the death of DJ John Peel.

The Radio One presenter boosted ‘Teenage Kicks’ popularity when he played it twice in a row on his show.

Peel often described the song - written by Undertones guitarist John O’Neill - as his favourite and requested the lyrics be inscribed on his headstone.