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Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00

Londoner Julia Young with
a 1970s picture of herself
and Phil Lynott at the Vibe
for Philo at the Button
Factory, Temple Bar last
night
Londoner Julia Young with a 1970s picture of herself and Phil Lynott at the Vibe for Philo at the Button Factory, Temple Bar last night
Phil Lynott's mother Philomena
Phil at the height of his fame

NEARLY 1,000 music fans gathered in Dublin last night to remember Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott.

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Die-hard Lizzy fans from far and wide packed the Button Factory in Temple Bar for the 26th annual Vibe for Philo.

The rocker passed away on January 4, 1986, but for his long-time friend Smiley Bolger the secret to Phil's longstanding appeal is simple -- "it's the music".

"The legacy is the music. If the music wasn't good, he wouldn't have endured," explained Smiley, who organises the annual remembrance bash.

Fans Julia Young from Enfield in north London and Jean McGlynn from Glasgow, were looking forward to their first Vibe.

"I knew Phil years ago. I met him in a speakeasy in London in 1973," said Julia.

The highlight of the night was an address from "her royal highness", Philomena Lynott, who took to the stage for her annual "queen's address", in which she remembers her son.

Philomena said: "Every year it just gets bigger and better.

"To think it's been 26 years and all these people travelled from all around the world to be here."

Irish Independent

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