Queen legend Brian May visits Penzance
17 April 20115 by CMphotogreg
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Legendary guitarist Brian May has been in Penzance today, arriving appropriately, for a fully paid-up member of rock’s aristocracy, in a helicopter. Also well known as a political activist, he landed at the town’s cricket club to give his support to Lib Dem candidate Andrew George and to urge his mainly student audience to make sure they voted at the forthcoming General Election.
Around 100 students and party activists attended the rally at the cricket club where the Queen band member, who is the founder of the Common Decency campaign, said he had got to know Mr George through their shared work “giving animals a voice”.
He said he believed there was a bullying culture in the current parliamentary system but that there was a real opportunity for change if enough people used their vote. “This will be an extraordinary election – it will be the first one where the use of social media will really start to bite.”
Using a pie chart to illustrate his point Mr [Dr] May happily posed for selfies and also signed an electric guitar brought along by Penwith College staff member Jessica Barraclough. She said it belonged to her 11-year-old step-son Ralph: “He’ll be thrilled as he really loves Queen,” she said. “Brian May was really nice – and he gave me a Common Decency badge as well.”
After lunching at Penwith College’s Senara restaurant with a meal cooked by students, Mr [Dr] May gave another speech to students in the college’s lecture hall. He told The Cornishman that he was “thrilled that the students are taking suc