Freddie Mercury Memorial Unveiled

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 104 months ago
Freddie Mercury Memorial Unveiled

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 fĂȘting 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


The locals of Zanzibar did manage to put aside their homophobia sufficiently to rename the house where Freddie grew up in Stone Town. Mercury House is quite happy to cash in on its historic credentials in the hope of enticing tourists through its doors to buy tacky souvenirs.

This is a photo of his house:

and a close-up of the poster outside:

There's a bar in Stone Town called Mercury's as well.