Brid’s Shirley joins Queen rocker Brian May at march

Queen star Brian May with Bridlington singer-songwriter Shirley Higton
Queen star Brian May with Bridlington singer-songwriter Shirley Higton

Bridlington singer and songwriter Shirley Higton spent the weekend in London with a world famous rock star - and around 7,000 other people.

Shirley, 56, of Teesdale Mews met up with Queen lead guitarist Brian May to take part in a protest march against government plans to tackle the growing problem of bovine TB by culling badgers who spread the disease among livestock. Shirley had written an anti-cull song which Brian, another aniti-cull supporter, got to know about and ended up playing guitar on a promotional video he helped her to make at the studio and garden at his Surrey home. On Saturday anti-cull campaigners marched in London and presented a 250,000 name petition to Downing Street against cull plans.

“It went really well even thought there were some last minute changes due to other marches. The last minute alterations meant I did not get to perform my song, as I had hoped.

“It didn’t really matter as the message came out loud and clear - and peacefully,” said Shirley.