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The Clash to be honoured with contribution award

The Clash are to be honoured with the O2 Silver Clef Award. Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Punk idols The Clash are to be given an honorary award to recognise their contribution to the music industry at the Silver Clef Awards next week.

The band, who split almost three decades ago, will be given the main prize - the O2 Silver Clef Award - at the annual event.

Mick Jones, the guitarist and co-frontman of the group whose hits included London Calling and Should I Stay Or Should I Go, said it was a "real honour" to receive the recognition.