Added on 14-Oct-2009
QUEEN guitarist Brian May is to visit Feltham for the unveiling of a memorial to former bandmate Freddie Mercury.
The big-haired rocker will be guest-of-honour at the ceremony on November 24 in which a Hollywood-style star will be laid in tribute to his flamboyant friend, who died of AIDS in 1991. Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara and sister Kash Cooke have also said they will attend the event.
The family lived in Gladstone Avenue in Feltham for 10 years in the 1960s and 70s and Mercury studied art at Isleworth polytechnic, which is now West Thames College.
He then met Brian May, who was born in Hampton, through a friend at Ealing Art College and they went on to become half of one of the biggest rock bands of all time, Queen.
The tribute to Freddie, who was born Faroukh Bulsara, was the brainchild of Councillor Peter Hills, a massive Queen fan and former chairman of the West Area Committee that is providing the funding.
"It's great news that Brian May is coming," he said. "It's almost like a double whammy for Feltham and it should be a great day."