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IT may be a quiet country town in the Fens, but that hasn't stopped Chatteris being immortalised in song by a cult indie band.

IT may be a quiet country town in the Fens, but that hasn't stopped Chatteris being immortalised in song by a cult indie band.

Called For What is Chatteris, the song is the third track on Half Man Half Biscuit's new album, Achtung Bono.

With handsome mid-18th century houses and several small-town pubs, Chatteris is not obvious post-punk material - but that didn't stop the Birkenhead-based band penning lyrics about the area.

For What is Chatteris mentions several local landmarks, including the indoor pool and the "excellent" cake shop.

Now Chatteris people are delighted to be going down in the history books through the song.

Councillor Alan Melton, who represents the ward on Fenland District Council, said: "We're on the map at last. And there's no better medium than pop music for spreading the word. I have teenage children so I can fully appreciate the importance of inspiring a pop song."

Fellow Chatteris councillor, Peter Dickinson, continued: "I've yet to hear the song, but it's great news. Well done for Chatteris – we're always trying to promote the area, and this will certainly help."

The song was first aired in October last year on one of the first John Peel sessions on Radio One after the presenter's death.

The band became firm friends with John after they first formed in the '80s and the new album is dedicated to his memory.

The track has also been included on the latest Word of Mouth CD, which is being given away with this month's Word Magazine.

Word Magazine's associate editor, Andrew Harrison, said: "It's a heart-felt ballad, and yet amusing at the same time. It's a love song about the idea of the beauty and benefits of a small sleepy town and how that means nothing once you're girlfriend is gone.

"Half Man Half Biscuit have a great affection for small villages. The band really are a national treasure."

Half Man Half Biscuit made their name in the music world in 1985, thanks to exposure by John Peel.

The band formed in 1980 with two friends from an estate in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, Neil Crossley (bass) and Nigel Blackwell (singer, guitarist, songwriter).

They were joined by Simon Blackwell (lead guitar) and Paul Wright (drums) and together produced the Back in the D.H.S.S. LP in 1985, which was sent to John Peel.