SHAUN Mulholland took a lot of stick from his mates when he went to a party dressed as Freddie Mercury from the famous I Want To Break Free video.
But Queen fan Shaun had the last laugh after the drag disguise helped him win a once-in-a-lifetime prize with a national radio station.
The Morecambe man sent a photo of himself dressed as Mercury to Absolute Radio and ended up winning the Be Freddie for a Day contest entered by thousands.
His prize was the chance to attend a star-studded London bash in honour of the late, great rock superstar himself.
The fundraising party at the capital’s swish Savoy Hotel was hosted by Freddie’s band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor to mark what would have been Mercury’s 65th birthday.
Shaun, who works as a manager at Tarmac UK, was a VIP guest.
“I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a young lad,” said Shaun. “My friend Ian Eccles recently celebrated his 50th birthday with a fancy dress party and I went along as Freddie in drag. Then I heard about the competition and sent a photo along.”
Shaun took Ian to London with him, saying he deserved to share the prize because he is an inspiration.
Ian suffers from primary immunodeficiency, a condition which means he does not produce the required amount of antibodies to fight infection.
“It was never expected that he would live past 30 and yet he keeps on going strong working every day when he could easily stop and take incapacity benefits,” said Shaun.
Ian said prior to the event: “It’s going to be an amazing evening although Shaun won’t be in drag this time. I told him that I’m not getting on the tube with him dressed like that!”