Feltham has unveiled a monument to favourite son Freddie Mercury. A 2,000 -strong crowd convened to watch as the late singer's 87-year old mother, alongside Brian May, introduced the bronze memorial and spoke about her son. Born in Zanzibar to a Parsi Zoroastrian family who hailed from Gujarat, the teenaged Farrokh Bulsara came to England following his war-torn homeland's revolution in 1964. By 1970, he'd formed Queen, and embarked on a path to musical superstardom and a position as one of the century's most charismatic performers. Mercury's fêting by Feltham is in stark contrast to the treatment his memory receives in Zanzibar, where homophobia meant that a planned celebration of his 60th birthday was cancelled after protests.
Last Updated 26 November 2009