Photos from the ‘70s show Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis enjoying himself at what appears to be an office Christmas party.
As Radio X reports, the rare snapshot of the iconic Joy Division frontman’s life was shared by presenter Geoff Lloyd, who saw it on a Macclesfield Facebook group called Macclesfield ExPats.
Explaining its provenance on Twitter, Lloyd wrote: “This is great! I’m in a Macclesfield group on Facebook, and someone put up a picture of his dad’s work Christmas drinks from the 70s. He worked at Macclesfield Unemployment Office and Ian Curtis from Joy Division is one of the colleagues.”
The job centre in question was based at South Park Road in Macclesfield, mere yards away from Ian’s house at 77 Barton Street. There he worked as Assistant Disablement Resettlement Officer, helping find work for people with special needs.
Jake Rudh shared more photos of the star in a response to the tweet.
2019 marked 40 years since the release of Joy Division’s seminal debut album, Unknown Pleasures.
One of the darkest records ever made, it’s gone on to be a post-punk classic and was overshadowed by the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in May 1980.