18th April 2021

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Queen guitarist Brian May leads tributes to Bradley John

Keen equestrian: Bradley John

GUITARIST of legendary rock band Queen Brian May has led the tributes to a 14-year-old former Llanelli schoolboy at his funeral.

Bradley John passed away following an ‘incident’ at St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School in Llanelli on Wednesday (Sep 12).

May, who was among hundreds who attended Bradley’s funeral in South Wales, said on his social media channels: “One of the saddest yet most moving and uplifting tributes I’ve ever seen.

“This was a day that never should have happened – a uniquely talented little boy with his whole life ahead of him, who, following bullying at school, took his own life.

“I’ve been in awe of the way this whole community has united to pay their respects. And very touched that they made us feel so welcome to join them to pay our respects too. There are very big issues here – involving the way society deals with bullying, and with children with ADHD.

Original Queen band members: Brian May (Right) with Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon

“The “Blow for Bradley” campaign will be tackling awareness of these issues and hopefully bringing about change. Bradley John’s tragically short but luminous life will change the world.

“His courageous Dad Byron will see to that. We are proud to support him.”

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Spring Gardens in Llanelli to participate in a 1 mile walk around the Town Centre in memory of Bradley on Friday (Sep 28).

The aim of the walk was to ‘light up’ the town with participants encouraged to bring bright clothing and lights. The monies raised went towards the Wish Upon a Star charity.

Photo: Brian Harold May (Instagram)

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