Brian May supports Woolly Hat Day – Ebay auction for Homeless Charity

Roger Taylor and Brian May in Calgary hats
Brian May, right, shown wearing the Smithbilt white hat he was gifted with during a visit last year to Calgary.

Queen’s Brian May puts ceremonial Calgary white hat up for auction on eBay 
27 January 2015 


Last June, when rock legend Brian May came to town with the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, the guitarist was gifted with a Smithbilt cowboy hat as part of the famed white hatting ceremony that visiting celebrities and dignitaries are honoured with when the visit the Stampede City.

Now, the symbol of western hospitality is up for auction on eBay’s U.K. site, albeit for charitable purposes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer May has signed the garment and put it online to raise money for St. Mungo’s Broadway, a British charity that “provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.” 

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2015 Celebrity Hat Auction
(On eBay from Friday 23 January to Sunday 1 February) in aid of homeless – St Mungo’s Broadway

Brian May is supporting along with many celebrities and artists. More info at: 

You an choose your favourite celebrity hat from the list and bid now:

Brian May
Eddie Redmayne
Hugh Jackman
Ed Sheeran
Vivienne Westwood
Roger Federer
Ozzy Osbourne
Simon Le Bon

Pet Shop Boys
Maria Sharapova
Hugh Laurie
Ricky Gervais
Elvis Costello
Jo Brand
Noddy Holder

Simon Pegg
Phil Spencer
Joan Collins
Phillip Treacy Ricky Hatton
Susan Boyle
Ivana Trump
Ranulph Fiennes

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Hats off to Simon Pegg, Ed Sheeran, Brian May and Dame Vivienne Westwood for supporting Woolly Hat Day 

Brian May’s contribution:

BRIAN MAY Signed Smithbilt Calgary Hat – St Mungo’s Broadway Woolly Hat Day
Auction at:
Closes: 01 Feb, 2015 19:01:20 GMT

Brian May - White Smithbilt hat
Brian May – White Smithbilt hat


Brian May CBE, is an English musician, singer and songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for “services to the music industry and for charity work”. In 2012, he was ranked the second greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine readers poll.

Brian has donated an official white Smithbilt hat. This hat was given to Brian during his visit to Calgary as part of his recent North American tour with Queen and Adam Lambert. He has signed the rim of the hat.

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary’s Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition. 

Style/Type: Calgary Stampede Hat | Colour: White
Material: Straw | Dimensions (cm): Height 13 x Brim Width 33
Signed: Yes | Brand: Smithbilt
Previously worn. 

This item will be accompanied with a letter from St Mungo’s Broadway confirming its authenticity