Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Malcom McLaren funeral: Anarchy in the air at punk icon's burial

Malcom McLaren's coffin is carried into church at his funeral in North London
Malcom McLaren's coffin is carried into church at his funeral in North London
Pam Hogg leaves the funeral of Malcom McLaren
Punks wait for the horse-drawn funeral cortège for Malcolm McLaren to pass through Camden
A guest arrives at the funeral of Malcolm McLaren at Highgate Cemetery
A bus follows the horse-drawn hearse during Malcom McLaren's funeral procession through Camden
A horse-drawn hearse leads Malcom McLaren's funeral procession through Camden
Punk Rockers pay their respects during Malcom McLaren's funeral procession through Camden
Punk Rockers pay their respects during Malcom McLaren's funeral procession through Camden
Artist Tracey Emin leaves the funeral of Malcom McLaren
Designer Vivienne Westwood arrives at the funeral of Malcom McLaren
Sir Bob Geldof leaves the funeral of Malcom McLaren
Adam Ant arrives at the funeral of Malcom McLaren
Malcom McLaren's coffin is carried in a hearse at his funeral
Designer Vivienne Westwood arrives at the funeral of Malcom McLaren
A double-decker bus carrying friends and relatives follows the horse-drawn carriage carrying the coffin of Malcolm McLaren
A mourner with an Order of Service at Highgate Cemetery in north London for the funeral of Malcolm McLaren
A man touch a hearse carrying the coffin of Malcom McLaren
Crowds gather to watch the funeral procession for British music impresario Malcolm McLaren in north London
The horse drawn carriage carrying the coffin of British music impresario Malcolm McLaren makes it way down Camden High Street
The horse-drawn carriage carrying the coffin of Malcolm McLaren

Friends and family sang and danced in tribute to late punk legend Malcolm McLaren at his funeral yesterday.

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 Sir Bob Geldof and Sex Pistols' drummer Paul Cook 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, which many of them did — as well as shedding a tear.

McLaren's black coffin, which was spray-painted with the words “too fast to live too young to die”, was carried out of de-consecrated St Mary Magdalene Church to the strains of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious's 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”.

Dame Vivienne paid tribute to her former partner and the father of her son Joseph Corre.

McLaren died aged 64 from mesothelioma, a rare cancer, in a Swiss clinic earlier this month.

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