Queen exhibition to come to Knebworth House

LEGENDARY rock band Queen will be honoured next month with an exhibition of memorabilia at one of their previous concert venues.

Knebworth House’s banqueting hall will show the display which focuses around the band’s “Magic” tour in the summer of 1986 which, after touring nine other European countries, culminated at Knebworth Park on August 9.

As well as playing to a record crowd of 125,000 people, the concert is memorable for being the last ever gig for Queen involving Freddie Mercury, who chose to stop performing after the show.

To remember the historic event, the Queen Rock Magic Exhibition is being mounted by the Official International Queen Fan Club – who are represented in the Guinness Book Of World Records as “the longest running fan club for a band in the world”, and is authorised by Queen.

Visitors can expect a large collection of stage costumes, posters, band items, concert tickets, stage passes, drumsticks and exclusive pictures, all loaned by Queen fans.

The stand out piece, though, is the iconic yellow jacket and white trousers with a red stripe, an outfit synonymous with Freddie.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Lytton Enterprises, said: “Knebworth is of course very well known for its concerts throughout the last four decades.

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“Our previous two exhibitions – Led Zeppelin in 2008 and Knebworth Rock in 2009 – were very popular and successful.

We have a lot of interesting and exciting exhibits and are sure that this exhibition will bring back many happy memories this summer.”

Jacky Smith, secretary of the Official International Queen Fan Club, added: “It’s very exciting that we have managed to collect so much memorabilia from that legendary last Queen Tour, and are able to display it at such an iconic venue as Knebworth House.”

The exhibition launches on Wednesday, August 4, and is open daily from 12pm until 5pm (last tour at 4pm) until August 31.

Admission, which includes access to Knebworth House, costs �10.50 for adults and there are special rates for groups, senior citizens and children. A family day ticket for four is �37.

*For more information or tickets visit www.knebworthhouse.com or call 01438 810931.