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Belfast council's street sign birthday gift to Van Morrison

By Michael McHugh

Belfast City Council is to present Sir Van Morrison with the sign of a street which inspired one of his most famous songs to mark his 70th birthday.

Sir Van grew up in a terraced house at Hyndford Street in the east of the city, close to the Harland and Wolff shipyard. He later wrote about the silence of the long summer nights On Hyndford Street.

The sign will form part of a special art piece by artist Ross Wilson and is to be presented to the singer and songwriter who will turn 70 on August 31.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Arder Carson said: "It's our pleasure to make this donation in honour of one the city's most famous and successful sons. Van is a household name, not just here in Belfast, but across the world."

Last month Morrison received a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours list.

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