Yesterday marked what would have been the 72nd birthday for a true legend of music – Freddie Mercury. We know him as the original frontman of the band Queen and he had the most unique vocal stylings the world has ever seen. But he wasn’t always a musician. In fact, Freddie used to work at London Heathrow Airport as a British Airways baggage handler.
Now, as a tribute to the late rock star who died in 1991, British Airways wanted to pay homage to their former employee and a music legend.
Freddie Mercury – born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, lived in India for a while before moving to Middlesex in England. When he moved to England, he worked as a baggage handler for British Airways at Heathrow Airport to earn some money before going on to pursue a music career.
Though this part of his life is unknown to most, the folks at British Airways haven’t forgotten about their former employee.
As a fun tribute for Freddie’s birthday, British Airways decided to put on a flash mob performance to the classic queen song ‘I Want To Break Free’
The video showcases a handful of British Airways baggage handlers performing some of the iconic dance moves from the Queen hit. They even recreate the hoover dance at the start of the song with suitcases.
On the 24th of October, the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic comes to cinemas and British Airways worked in partnership with the film to create this wonderful tribute. We think Freddie would have been very proud.
Baggage Manager Adam Dewey is a huge Queen fan and he had a lot to say about his hero.
Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow Airport, where he once worked. Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall.
Don’t forget to watch this brilliant Freddie Mercury tribute by British Airways in the video below. Also at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝