16 Jan, 2013 @ 17:25
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Spanish plaza named after punk rocker, Joe Strummer

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ROCK legend, Joe Strummer, is set to have a square in Spain named after him following a campaign by local residents and fans.

More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash front man became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honoured.

City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area is to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.

Strummer, who name-checked Granada in The Clash’s London Calling album track Spanish Bombs, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in 2002.

The Olive Press first reported the story in 2011 and joined scores of fans and city leaders in Granada in the campaign to honour the infamous British singer.

The unlikely local hero first went to the city in the 1970s with Spanish girlfriend Paloma Romero.

He later had a home in Cabo de Gata in Almeria and became involved in local group, 091.

Daniel Galan from Granada City Council said: “The initiative came from a neighbourhood association, backed by some political parties and was approved.

“It was a popular movement. It is very well known the connection between Joe and the city and people still remember him.”

He added: “He loved Granada, he loved the whole of Spain but he had a very good connection with Granada because he was friends with 091.”

Frances Leate

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