Council’s street sign present marks Sir Van’s 70th birthday

The sign for Hyndford Street, which inspired one of Sir Van Morrison's songs
The sign for Hyndford Street, which inspired one of Sir Van Morrison's songs

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 – which is one of the more rare, old-style Belfast versions – will form part of a special art piece by local 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 of the city’s most famous and successful sons. Van is a household name, not just here in Belfast, but across the world.”

Last month Sir Van received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list. He is also a Freeman of the City of Belfast.

To celebrate Morrison’s 70th birthday, East Belfast Partnership has organised two concerts in Cyprus Avenue – another east Belfast street which inspired a song – and at Stormont.

East Belfast Partnership has offered to cover the cost of replacing the Hyndford Street sign so there will be no cost to council or ratepayers.