Queen fan meets Brian May and Monty Python’s Eric Idle

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A Queen fan from Boston got to meet Brian May, Monty Python Star Eric Idle and a host of stars at a charity event in London.

Bec Sharpe has been taking part in the Freddie For a Day fundraiser every year since 2010 - dressing up as the star in home-made costumes - and raising £3,400 in the process.

The fundraiser is for the Mercury Phoenix Trust - set up in memory of Freddie Mercury to raise awareness and funds for worldwide charities fighting AIDs.

Bec’s recent venture saw her join in a street collection day in London followed by a star-studded charity event

“I spent the day dressed in a homemade costume like the one Freddie wore in the ‘It’s A Hard Life’ Queen video, including the moustache,” said Bec. “As part of this I visited many London landmarks and the Hard Rock Café to raise awareness and sponsorship.”

She finished the day at the Freddie For A Day event where she met many famous supporters of the charity including Brian May, Mel B, Eric Idle and Anita Dobson.

“Brian was really sweet,” she said. “He was obviously very busy at the time because he’s one of the Trustees of the charity, but he stopped, put his arm around me, and took the time for our photos to show support for what I was doing.

“Anita Dobson made my day as she said stopped to talk to me for quite a long time despite everyone else wanting her for photographs, She said my costume was incredible and asked me about how much I had raised.

“Eric Idle wasn’t sure what to make of me at first but when I explained why I was dressed in the costume and also that I am a huge Monty Python fan he was more than happy to have our photo together and found it very amusing. “Mel B was also very sweet natured, she said I looked great and congraulated me on my fundraising.

I flew out to Switzerland the next morning to continue raising money at the Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day.”

Bec’s elaborate costumes have impressed the charity which awarded her a gold vinyl award last year for the best Freddie costume from the singer’s costume designer Diana Moseley. They also gave her a special blog on their website.

But the fundraising ‘show’ must go on for Bec - who has another costume-calling this Saturday for the annual Mercury Phoenix Trust’s London collection outside the Dominion Theatre, home to the We Will Rock You musical.

To sponsor Bec visit www.justgiving.com/dressasfreddie