Shropshire Star

Queen star Roger Taylor has game in his sights at shoot near Shropshire border

It was a mini-break for Queen drummer Roger Taylor that might have had fellow band member and animal campaigner Brian May in despair.


Fresh from giving up his time to help record Band Aid 30, Taylor travelled to a pub near the Shropshire border for two days game shooting.

He joined a host of friends from the music industry, staying at the West Arms in Llanarmon in the picturesque Ceiriog Valley.

It was the second year running that the silver haired rock star, now sporting a beard, had taken part in the game shoot.

And he posed happily with his friends as he enjoyed his relaxing break in the region.

Gill Leigh-Ford, owner of the West Arms, said: "The mini-break was organised by Mark Fenwick from the London department store and everyone seemed to be involved in the music business in some way or another.

"They were all very good friends and they were all very relaxed in each other's company.

"They seemed to have a great time and said they were looking forward to returning in the future."

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Mrs Leigh-Ford said the shooting party took out 10 rooms and enjoyed two evenings in the hotel.

To link up with the game shooting theme, celebrity chef at the West Arms, Grant Williams, ensured game was on the menu for the evening meals as well as Welsh Lamb and Welsh Black Beef.

Roger Taylor was the drummer with legendary 70s group Queen, alongside singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May and John Deacon.

While Taylor and May remain close friends and continue to work together in the band, their views on hunting are clearly at odds. May is a well known activist against animal cruelty.

His group, Save Me (named after the May-written Queen song), campaigns for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel and degrading treatment. He is particularly opposed to the hunting of foxes and the culling of badgers and has attended night protests against the culls taking place in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The group's primary concern is to ensure that the Hunting Act 2004 and other laws protecting animals are retained.

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