The residents of Warrenpoint have unveiled a statue to one of their own – Freddie Mercury today for his 25th anniversary we can reveal.
The statue that has been erected on ‘Queen Street’ has been funded and erected by the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council.
The unveiling was performed by a close friend of Freddie Mercury and fellow showbiz Royalty Big O who said the statue was a ‘great tribute’ to one of Warrenpoint’s ‘own sons’.
Queen Street in the town was named after the famous band fronted by Mercury who was born in the seaside town in 1946 before his parents Betty and Jim Mercury moved to London in 1956 when Freddie was 10.
Gillian Fitzpatrick the chairperson of the Council who was also at the unveiling as she would go to the opening of an envelope told us:
“We are very proud of Freddie Mercury being a resident of Warrenpoint and the Newry area. His young life here in the Point is not very well known outside of this area but it is something we are all very proud of.”
It is thought ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will be played on a continuous loop on a loud speaker in Warrenpoint from 2pm today until Sunday morning to mark the singer’s 25th anniversary.