George Michael fans set for charity walk and Highgate gathering to mark late-icon’s birthday

PUBLISHED: 17:57 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 22 June 2018

A group of George Michael fans pay tribute at a candlelit event marking the final days of the garden in Highgate

A group of George Michael fans pay tribute at a candlelit event marking the final days of the garden in Highgate


George Michael superfans are preparing to celebrate his life at two events on Sunday, ahead of what would have been the pop icon’s 55th birthday.

They had been set to descend on the memorial garden in Highgate outside the singer’s former home The Grove.

However it was dismantled at the end of May, after a request from his family.

George would have turned 55 on Monday.

Yet the devotees haven’t been deterred. Around 60 have donated money to charity in order to take part in a Round Here walk which will take in significant places in George’s life.

They will then assemble with other fans of the pop icon in Pond Square at 5pm, where they will celebrate his life.

Organiser Heidi Feichtinger said: “We’ve organised a charity walk, which was going to happen before the garden was removed.

“However we’re also now going to meet up in Pond Square afterwards, where we will create our circle of freedom, faith and love.

“The Round Here idea comes from one of George’s songs, where he talks about London and where he grew up, and we thought the name was appropriate.”

The walk will start where George was born in East Finchley. It will take in other locations including Air Studios in Hampstead, before finishing at Wembley Stadium.

Highgate United Reformed Church will be open until 7pm later that afternoon, where fans can light a candle and remember George’s life.

Heidi has joined George’s family’s call for donations to be made to the Rainbow Children’s Charity, and MacMillan Cancer Research in his memory rather than buying flowers or tributes.

They have raised more than £30,000 for them since he died on Christmas Day 2016.

“It’s what he would’ve wanted, and makes sense. We’d rather people donate to charity, and it can have some real impact,” said Heidi.

As the event will mark George’s second birthday since his death, she believes fans will continue to meet up in years to come.

“I suspect that come every major anniversary, like Christmas and birthdays fans are always going to want to have a get together.

“Even as the years go by, people will want that sense of belonging.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Angry Barnet parents and children will be campaigning outside the government’s offices on Monday against the borough’s “staff-less” libraries.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Yesterday (Wed) marked the 90th anniversary of Kenwood House’s opening to the public in 1928. But the iconic stately home on the edge of Hampstead Heath is more than four centuries old. Joe Graber delves into its past.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Two stars of hit vintage BBC children’s show Playschool have been found in a Gospel Oak toyshop – 50 years after they first graced TV screens.

Friday, July 20, 2018

“Think differently” about how you can help cut air pollution, says Camden Council.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hampstead’s Magnolia Court care home is holding its annual summer fete on Saturday, July 28.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Michael Hammerson from Highgate is a keen amateur photographer, who on a weekend wander across the Heath, saw something quite remarkable.

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill has been part of the community since the 1970s.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Perhaps inspired by World Cup fever or Wimbledon, thousands of eager sporting heroes flocked to Hampstead Heath last weekend to take part in activities ranging from football to sack races, with some trying sport for the very first time.


As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Preparing your child in advance for school will go a long way towards ensuring the very best start for your child.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now