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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 July, 2004, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Karaoke performance of Clash hit
Joe Strummer playing before his death
Strummer died of a heart attack in December 2002
A mass karaoke version of Rock the Casbah was performed on Saturday to raise money for a charity named after the late Clash singer Joe Strummer.

The Clash's big hit was performed as part of a series of events at Castle House in Bridgwater, Somerset, where the Strummerville charity is based.

Saturday's festivities also saw cult British artist Damien Hirst wrap Castle House in paper.

Strummerville supports young musicians. Joe Strummer died aged 50 in 2002.

Strummer spent the last years of his life in Bridgwater and Castle House was one of his favourite buildings.

It is the headquarters of the Strummerville charity, but is in dire need of repair.

Castle House
Joe Strummer was a big fan of Castle House

It was the first concrete building in the world when it was built in 1851.

The castle is now a contender in the second series of the BBC's Restoration series, which offers viewers a chance to vote and help save one of 21 endangered buildings in the UK.

"Joe loved it because it was the first concrete building in the world," said Damien Hirst, a trustee of Strummerville.

Other famous names taking part in Saturday's events included Badly Drawn Boy, Bez from the Happy Mondays, Keith Allen and Mick Jones.

The charity provides rehearsal space and studio time to young people who want to make music, but are unable to afford to hire facilities.




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