Showbiz / 27-02-2020

Freddie Mercury has road named after him in West London where he lived in his teens

Freddie Mercury has road named after him in West London where he lived in his teens


Freddie Mercury has had a road named after him in Feltham, West London, where he lived as a teenager, which is now known as Freddie Mercury Close.

The road, formerly called Hanworth Road, isn’t actually the one he lived on, but the late Queen singer grew up on a nearby street.

A ceremony was held on Monday to erect the new sign in the cul-de-sac, and fans were out in force to see the street name be unveiled.

His sister, Kashmira Cooke, was also reportedly there to see the ceremony which honoured Freddie.

Freddie Mercury Close also houses the headquarters of the World Zoroastrian Organisation, an ancient religion that he practised as a child.

Freddie, whose real name was Farrokh Bulsara, moved to Feltham with his family in 1964 after they moved from Zanzibar, and he lived there until 1970.

The legendary frontman passed away in November 1991, at just 45 years old, from bronchial pneumonia resulting from Aids.


His life story was immortalised in the 2018 movie Bohemian Rhapsody, with Rami Malek starring as the singer in the box office hit.

Despite their enduring success, Queen’s Roger Taylor revealed in April that he thought that the band would be over after Freddie’s death.

He told Good Morning America: ‘We thought it was all over. I think Brian [May] and I thought that was the end of that chapter.’


Brian and Roger currently tour as Queen with Adam Lambert filling in for Freddie, so audiences can still hear their legendary tracks live.

Adam had had his reservations about stepping into Freddie’s iconic shoes, explaining to People in 2018: ‘Not only did I have to make sure my voice held up and I know all the words … but it was also the perception of the fans; I definitely had some concerns.


‘This is not my music that I wrote: This is me, as a guest, with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, singing the songs that one of the greatest rock singers of all time brought to life.’

No pressure then…

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27-02-2020 21:30, source: metro, by James Foster
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