Neither Feltham or Freddie were forgotten

Yesterday was a day I will not forget for a very long time.  I think that a number of fellow Feltham residents will feel the same for yesterday we met in Feltham Town Centre to pay tribute to the memory of Freddie Mercury and to welcome back his family and Brian May to Feltham.

The event surpassed expectations and everyone seemed to enjoy.  Great to see Feltham also getting such positive coverage on the box.  The day was really well organised and the weather behaved also!

This was the brainchild of Councillor Peter Hills and all of the acknowledgements that he has received are well deserved.  Councillor Paul Jabbal gave a really good speech when he welcomed everyone.  Freddie’s mother, aswell as Brian, gave a very moving tribute to their son and friend respectively.

Here are some pictures:

Here is the tribute band playing (they are really good):

Before the unveiling:

Here is Freddie’s mother preparing to speak, alongside her daughter and Paul Jabbal:

This was taken at the beginning of Brian May’s speech.  He turned to Freddie’s mother and made reference to what a lovely speech she made (one of so many nice touches on the day):

After the unveiling – this is something to be really proud of:

The Lead Singer of the tribute band with me.  He and his fellow Members had come down from Nottingham tp participate:

My ward colleague, Councillor Gill Hutchison getting her Queen Calendar signed by Brian May:

Me with other members of the tribute band:

I was thrilled to see residents I know – who lived near the family in Gladstone Avenue – at the event:

Freddie’s mother and I:

Karline (my wife) and Freddie’s mother:

Brian May and the Mayor, Councillor Paul Lynch:

Neither Feltham or Freddie were forgotten yesterday!

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2 Responses to “Neither Feltham or Freddie were forgotten”

  1. Mark Savage Says:

    I’ve still got tears in my eyes with the memory of it all, Mark. So much poignancy, so much love. Indeed, a day to remember for a long time.

    Perhaps there were a few comments from your councillor colleagues which didn’t quite capture the moment though. For instance, a little less puff for Hounslow, the borough, and more recognition of Feltham, the town- which still had its own fondly-remembered Urban District Council when the Bulsaras moved here- would have been more becoming. There were a few cries of “Feltham, not Hounslow” from the crowd round the big screen. Mind you, Freddie also of course went to Isleworth Poly, then a borough-run college, so I suppose he could just be excused.

    Some nice photos too, Mark- thank you. But the thing is- are you ready to cope with your near neighbours in Gladstone Avenue who, I suspect, are now likely to be besieged by Queen fans when people come to visit the memorial! All the more reason for improving the route through Glebelands, perhaps? Or how about “The Mercury Trail”. Now there’s a thought!

  2. Graham de wey peters Says:

    Well said Mark , and a very good point , how about it Mark ? a couple of signs , and a couple of skips , the job’s a good un !!

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