The great pretender

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A tribute to one of the most successful bands in the 70s and 80s will be coming to Daventry for an event to raise funds for charity.

Mercury and May will be coming to the PUMA Daventry Court Hotel on Saturday August 24,

Every Queen fan’s dream can now become a reality as Freddie Mercury and Brian May are once again re-united live on stage in this unique two man tribute show.

Steve Littlewood steps into the iconic role of lead singer Freddie Mercury and is joined by special guest star Bryan Rock who will be appearing as the band’s legendary guitarist Brian May.

Among some of the classic songs that will be played on the night include We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and Radio Gaga.

Littlewood is regarded as one of the UK’s best Freddie Mercury tribute acts and launched his show in 2001 and has been praised for his uncanny vocal and physical portrayal of one of the world’s greatest rock superstars as well as the energy he brings to each performance.

He is in great demand throughout the world and a regular visitor to Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

The event starts at 7.30pk and there will be a buffet, disco and raffle with a wide range of prizes available to win on the night.

The event will be raising funds for a father of three who dreams of bei ng able to hold his young children again,

Neil Burton was diagnosed with two rare conditions in 2009 and has been left with severe paralysis in his body

He alongside members of his family are now raising funds to afford potentially life changing treatment.

Mr Burton, who lived in Daventry until 2005 and attended William Parker School, spoke about his condition earlier this year saying: “Because of the level of paralysis in my body, including the ability to breathe, I can do little for myself. It has isolated me from society to a certain degree though I try my best to live my life the fullest I can.

“I miss wrapping my arms around my children especially when they ask for a cuddle - that is truly heartbreaking.”

With the support of friends and family Mr Burton is also trying to raise £25,000 to pay for stem cell treatment which could potentially repair some of the damage to his nerves and possibly give him some movement back.

Brother John Geary said: “If there is a chance treatment will work we have got to give it our best shot.”

This is not the only fundraising which has been carried out.

A Stolen Mojo charity concert was held on Saturday June 15 at Kettering Athletic Club and more than £3,500 was raised.

Doors open for the event at 7pm and the event finishes at 1am.Tickets cost £25 each and can be bought by visiting mercuryandmay.eventbrite.co.uk.

Daventry Express readers can get a £10 discount on tickets so they are £15 a head instead of £25. Simply type “MAY” to get the cheaper tickets.

For further information about the performers, visit www.thegreatpretender.co.uk.

To find out more about the charity visit www.neilsstory.co.uk.