Band dedicate song to Conlon

ROCK band The Libertines have dedicated a song to Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four at a concert attended by 60,000 in London's Hyde Park.

Lead singer Pete Doherty d e d i c a t e d Time For Heroes to Mr Conlon, pictured, who died last month aged 60 after spending 15 years wrongly imprisoned for an IRA bomb attack.

The singer said: "Gerry Conlon, if you're looking down this afternoon" before playing the song during a set that had to be stopped twice due to crowd problems.

The Libertines played the last night of the British Summer Time festival and had to urge the crowd to stop surging forward and to stop throwing fireworks and flares.

It was the first time the band had played together in four years.

Gerry Conlon was one of four people wrongly convicted of an IRA attack on a pub in Guildford, Surrey, in 1974.

Mr Conlon, Paddy Armstrong, Paul Hill and Carole Richardson were jailed for life for the bombing which killed four soldiers and a civilian and injured dozens more.

The group had their convictions quashed in 1989 and received a public and private apology from former British prime minister Tony Blair in 2005.


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