Pub locals get a shock as rock royalty drops in

Queen drummer Roger Taylor who was spotted in the Dicconson Arms
Queen drummer Roger Taylor who was spotted in the Dicconson Arms

PUB goers in Appley Bridge found themselves in the presence of royalty - when Queen drummer Roger Taylor called in for a few pints.

Regulars at the Dicconson Arms were left pinching one another in recognition when the distinctly cool-looking customer settled into a comfy chair and ordered a pint of cask ale.

After speaking to the landlady Caroline Gray and a few regulars he was heard to discuss with an aide matters surrounding concerts as a promotional tie up for the forthcoming release.

It isn’t known how Taylor came to alight on The Dicconson Arms but is believed that he was being driven down the M6 motorway and had clearly decided to pull off for some real ale refreshment.

Queen were one of the biggest bands in the world before the death of flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury.

They have had no less than 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles, having sold an estimated 300m albums world wide.

Taylor himself is on the verge of releasing an eagerly awaited rare new 12 track solo album Fun on Earth next month.

Mrs Gray said that the drumming icon Taylor “looked familiar” as soon as he walked in to pub. But it was an excited nudge from her husband Mike, a massive Queen fan in his younger days, who put a face to the rock tour de force’s name.

She said: “My husband Mike is a massive Queen fan and he recognised him straight away while I had been thinking that he looked familiar but I couldn’t put a name to him.

“He had a couple of drinks but sadly didn’t stay for a meal.

“He was with another man who may well have been his agent because some of the regulars over heard them talking about gigs coming up and stuff to do with the music business. It was all very exciting and I hope he liked his beer!”