Should King’s Lynn have a tribute to Queen drummer Roger Taylor?

PUBLISHED: 13:09 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 31 October 2018

Roger Taylor (second right) with Queen at the height of their fame, in 1976  Picture: PA Wire

Roger Taylor (second right) with Queen at the height of their fame, in 1976 Picture: PA Wire


Fans are calling for a tribute to Roger Taylor to be put up in his home town after giant ‘drumsticks’ paying homage to the Queen drummer were taken down.

The wooden art installation went on display in The Walks, near the former hospital where Mr Taylor was born, in 2013.

West Norfolk council said it had taken it down because it was rotten and there were no plans to replace it.

But fans say there should be something to mark Mr Taylor’s links with Lynn, as a biopic of his legendary band packs out cinemas around the UK, including the nearby Majestic.

Mr Taylor, who was born on July 26, 1949, lived in a flat above what is now the HMV store in the High Street and on Beulah Street in Lynn, before his family moved to Cornwall. Neither has a plaque or any other indication of its links to the rock star.

Roger Taylor grew up at number 19 Beulah Street in King's Lynn. Photo: Emily PrinceRoger Taylor grew up at number 19 Beulah Street in King's Lynn. Photo: Emily Prince

In an interview with the EDP in 1999, Mr Taylor said he had happy memories of Lynn.

Colin Johnson, 76, who has lived down Beulah Street his whole life said: “I remember seeing him walking down the street. He was five or six and I was mid teens so we didn’t hang out together. We used to go to bonfires in his back garden. I can’t believe there is nothing in the town for him.”

Jamie @Metaxa14 said on twitter: “To be honest it seemed a strange tribute when it went up, but the timing of removing it is bizarre with all the interest in Queen right now, Roger is world famous and from Lynn so the town should have something about him.”

Others took to Facebook to call for a tribute. Kathy Brotherhood posted: “This is disgraceful. Come one KLBC do the right thing.”

Carrie Ingram-Gettins said: “Can’t believe they thought that would be a good idea.”

Keith Rudd said: “A plaque would have helped inform. Our council think so little of King’s Lynn people achieving.”

Bethany Wright said: “Such a disgrace, surely they could replace it with something else.”

A spokesman for West Norfolk council said: “We have no plans to replace the sculpture. It was installed with the intention that it would be in place for approximately three years, so it has more than outlasted its expected life. It was not put up as a tribute to Roger Taylor, but as an art installation. The drumsticks were included by the artist as an homage to him, as one of several local allusions.”

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