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Jerry Dammers awarded Ivor Novello Inspiration Award

The Specials songwriter, Jerry Dammers, has been awarded the Inspiration Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards.

Dammers, from Coventry, scored a top 10 hit with his song 'Free Nelson Mandela', which was performed by Special AKA.

Jerry Dammers Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The song became an anti-apartheid anthem and Mr Mandela, who died in December, was eventually released in 1990.

The annual awards, known as The Ivors, are voted for by songwriters and composers.