THE GREAT DI­VIDE

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ISO­BEL DICKINSON Chief Re­porter

GIRLS are more ner­vous about maths lessons than boys are de­spite be­ing bet­ter at sums, says The In­sti­tute for Fis­cal Stud­ies.

FRED­DIE Mer­cury fans are flock­ing to a ceme­tery in a quest to find the singer’s fi­nal rest­ing place.

The Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, out next week, has reignited in­ter­est in the singer who died 27 years ago. Devo­tees are sign­ing up for walk­ing tours of Ken­sal Green Ceme­tery in north-west Lon­don.

The Queen front­man, who died of an Aids-re­lated ill­ness, was cre­mated there in 1991. What hap­pened to his ashes was never dis­closed. In 2013, a plaque with a trib­ute to the star writ­ten in French was found in the ceme­tery, which is Lon­don’s most ex­pen­sive burial site. It dis­ap­peared shortly af­ter.

One fan who signed up for a tour said: “Fred­die’s one of the most iconic rock stars ever, so it’s only nat­u­ral there is an in­ter­est in where he was laid to rest.”

Star­ring Rami Malek as Fred­die, the Bo­hemian Rhap­sody film has taken 10 years to make af­ter be­ing hit by cast walk­outs and pro­duc­tion dra­mas. The plaque dis­cov­ered at Ken­sal Green ceme­tery was ded­i­cated to Far­rokh Bul­sara – Fred­die’s birth name. He be­came Fred­die Mer­cury af­ter form­ing Queen in 1971.

The trib­ute, which ap­peared on top of a plinth, read: “In Lov­ing Mem­ory of Far­rokh Bul­sara. Pour Etre Tou­jours Pres De Toi Avec Tout Mon Amour”.

It trans­lated as “Al­ways To Be Close To You With All My Love”. It was signed off with the let­ter M.

It is thought the M could stand for his for­mer girl­friend Mary Austin, 72, who in­her­ited his £7mil­lion home Gar­den Lodge, an eight-bed­room prop­erty in Kens­ing­ton.

A state­ment on the Ken­sal Green Ceme­tery web­site says plaques “can be pro­vided for those whose cre­mated re­mains have been strewn in the Scat­ter­ing Gar­den”.

There have been ru­mours that his re­mains may have been scat­tered in Zanz­ibar, the is­land off Tan­za­nia, where he was born, or on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Mon­treux, Switzer­land, where he had a home.

■ SEARCH: Tombs in the ceme­tery where Fred­die was cre­mated

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