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Peel studios given Blue Plaques

John Peel
John Peel used to work in Rochdale

A former music studio set up by late broadcasting legend John Peel has been bestowed with two plaques to celebrate his musical affinity with Rochdale.

The DJ, who passed away in 2004, invested in new equipment for Tractor Sound Studios in Heywood.

Rochdale's Suite 16 Studios, which were used by Echo And The Bunnymen and Happy Mondays have also won a blue plaque.

Ex-Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, who once ran Suite 16, played at a special gig on Wednesday to honour the studios.

"It was the ethos of the studio which I thought was wonderful," he told BBC 6 Music.

"It was next to a music shop so basically there was a great little community because if you got bored or needed anything, you could go into the music shop."

Peel forged an affinity with Rochdale after working in a cotton mill there.

He helped to set up Tractor Sound Studios on Market Street in Heywood, providing money to purchase equipment for the complex after Rochdale band Tractor sent him a demo tape.

The band used the complex as rehearsal rooms - and called their 2006 anthology CD "John Peel bought us a studio and PA".



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