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Bob Geldof at McLaren funeral

Published 22/04/2010 | 13:22

Malcolm McLaren was given a flamboyant send-off
Malcolm McLaren was given a flamboyant send-off

Bob Geldof and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook were among the guests who sang in tribute to late punk legend Malcolm McLaren at his funeral.

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McLaren - best known as the manager of the Sex Pistols - was given a suitably flamboyant send-off as his coffin was led through the streets of central London in a traditional horse-drawn carriage.

Mourners including McLaren's former partner Dame Vivienne Westwood, friend Bob and Paul sang along to McLaren's recording of Max Bygraves' You Need Hands.

The 200-strong funeral party was also encouraged to dance around and throw up their hands.

McLaren's black coffin, spray-painted with the words "too fast to live too young to die", was carried out of the de-consecrated church now known as One Marylebone to the strains of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious' version of Frank Sinatra's My Way.

The coffin's slogan was the name of McLaren's shop on King's Road - London's centre of punk fashion in the 1970s - before it was renamed "Sex".

He owned the shop with fashion designer Dame Vivienne, who paid tribute to her former partner and the father of her son Joseph Corre.

She said: "I am very, very sad that unbelievably Malcolm is dead and I just wanted to say on this cruel, cruel day - get a life, do something with it."

Joseph read out tributes to his father from those who could not attend, including one from Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.

Joking about McLaren's fall-out with the band over royalties, the letter said: "Dear Malcolm, did you take the money with you? Is it in the coffin? Do you mind if I come back tomorrow and dig you up?"

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