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Bohemian Axe-dy - council fells tribute to Queen drummer Roger Taylor near his birthplace in King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 14:34 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:17 31 October 2018

Artists (L) Nicolas Fenouillat and Simon Floriet creaters of the 'Drumsticks' at The Walks, in honour of Roger taylor  Picture: Ian Burt

Artists (L) Nicolas Fenouillat and Simon Floriet creaters of the 'Drumsticks' at The Walks, in honour of Roger taylor Picture: Ian Burt

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A council has felled giant drumsticks honouring Queen drummer Roger Taylor - as the band’s blockbuster biopic hits cinema screens around the globe.

Sculpture paying homage to King's Lynn's own Roger Taylor, cut down as biopic is released. Photo: West Norfolk councilSculpture paying homage to King's Lynn's own Roger Taylor, cut down as biopic is released. Photo: West Norfolk council

In 2013 a sculpture of five wooden posts was installed in The Walks, in King’s Lynn - close to the hospital where Mr Taylor was born in 1949.

West Norfolk council said the ends were shaped to resemble drumsticks, in honour of the rock star who lived in the town’s High Street and Beulah Street.

Now the council says the installation has been removed because it is rotting. A spokesman said there were no plans to replace it.

Less than a mile away, Bohemian Rhapsody is being shown three times a day to packed audiences at the Majestic Cinema.

Bohemian Rhapsody is showing at the Majestic Cinema, in King's Lynn  Picture: Chris BishopBohemian Rhapsody is showing at the Majestic Cinema, in King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

One member of staff said: “The sculpture shouldn’t be removed, Roger Taylor was born here, he was part of the biggest band ever. It’s not very good.”

She said some 220 - 280 customers had attended each performance of the movie over its opening weekend.

The 'Drum Sticks' were installed in 2013 at the Walks. Photo: West Norfolk councilThe 'Drum Sticks' were installed in 2013 at the Walks. Photo: West Norfolk council

“It’s still doing very well,” she said. “It’s been manic to say the least”.

Jacky Smith, from the Queen Fan Club said: “It is sad that they have been removed, but maybe it gives the town a chance to replace them with something more permanent?”

The drumsticks originally installed May 2013 by artist Nicholas Fenouillat were only supposed to be in place for three years, but the council said they were so popular among park visitors they would be left in-situ.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor was born in what was known as the West Norfolk and Lynn Hospital, off London Road. He was still in hospital six days later, on the day the Queen Mother visited to officially open the maternity ward.

Queen (From left) Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury  and John Deacon in 1977  Picture: PAQueen (From left) Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon in 1977 Picture: PA

She had spoken to 16 women on the ward, including Mr Taylor’s mother Winifred, who lived with her husband Michael at 87 High Street.

The town centre property is now an HMV music store, which stocks Queen’s releases and was today playing the band’s gratest hits.

The council has no plans to replace or honour the towns most famous rock star. Photo: West Norfolk councilThe council has no plans to replace or honour the towns most famous rock star. Photo: West Norfolk council

Roger Taylor later lived in Beulah Street in Gaywood and attended Rosebery Avenue School before he and his family moved to Cornwall.

Taylor, one of the four original members of the band is played by Ben Hardy in the film, known for playing Peter Beale in Eastenders.

When Roger Taylor was born, in 1949, his parents lived in a flat above 87 High Street, King's Lynn. The property is now a music store  Picture: Chris BishopWhen Roger Taylor was born, in 1949, his parents lived in a flat above 87 High Street, King's Lynn. The property is now a music store Picture: Chris Bishop

Roger Taylor described King’s Lynn as “not a bad place to grow up” in and interview with the EDP in 1999.

Click here to read it.

The tree trunks will now be used as seating around the park. Photo: West Norfolk councilThe tree trunks will now be used as seating around the park. Photo: West Norfolk council

Roger Taylor.  Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA WireRoger Taylor. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Queen Drummer Roger Taylor and his wife and children  PA 2.12.97Queen Drummer Roger Taylor and his wife and children PA 2.12.97

Barry Holden, organiser of the North Walsham Live Aid charity event. A photo signed by Roger Taylor from Queen.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYBarry Holden, organiser of the North Walsham Live Aid charity event. A photo signed by Roger Taylor from Queen. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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