After one show in Falmouth, Roger Taylor met one of his firsts girl-friends, Eileen Wright. Eileen was one of `the Flushing girls` along with Jill Carpenter and Penny Eathorne. The three of them would take the boat to Falmouth across Falmouth Bay from their homes in Flushing to dance away the night at the Princess Pavilion. It was a six mile journey by road, but that way they couldn`t look up to the stars and dream. They were the archetypal British groupies, giggly and excitably shy, with starry, romantic notions of the boys from out of town, bearing not even remotely carnal undertones. They singled out Roger immediately. In their typically dismissive estimation there was no competition from the other members of The Reaction. Roger had neat blond hair and soft features wich carried more than a trace of mischievousness when he smiled.
Eileen became a regular addition to The Reaction`s travelling crew and was made to feel at home. She and Roger were still too young to drink in pubs so their dating was limited to coffee bars. However, since Roger played with the band most nights there were very few occasions when the pair were alone together. The distance between them, mich of it covered only by quiet rural roads, and neither of them old enough to drive, also made for a perplexing courtship. One memorable date was the time The Who came to town. Roger was by now consumed by the brilliance of Keith Moon, and had adopted Moon`s crouched style of playing and painted a target of his bass drum. (...) The Who appeared at Camborne in the summer of 1965, just a few miles down the A3047 from Redruth. Eileen remembers: "He talked about Keith Moon a hell of a lot, he thought he was the best drummer in the world. (...) The Reaction later played `My Genetarion` at their gigs. At the end of the show Keith Moon threw his drumsticks into the audience, Roger tried, but he never caught them. I remember he walked out the concert on cloud nine, he`d finally seen his idol."
Their relationship wasn`t sexual ("It might have been the Sixties and free love and all that, but it hadn`t reached Cornwall, or if it had it hadn`t reached me") and Eileen found Roger to be a quiet, shy teenager. He rarely sopke of any great desire to become a opo star, in fact, he more often mentioned that he wanted to become a dentist or airline pilot. "He wasn`t a raunchy bloke at all," she said. "He was a very gentle person. I`ve often thought that he must have pushed himself quite a lot to project the image he now has."
During their ten month romance, Eileen scribbled Roger`s name on her school books and relished seeing him, but she still held an affection for a boy sge had been seing before Roger, Chris Libby, who lived in Flushing. The long journey to Truro to see Roger was also becoming tiresome. If she caught the bus it means a four-mile walk at the end through unlit rural lanes. On one occasion an older man made unwelcome advances to her on the bus and it left her distraught. Unexpectedly, Chris Libby contacted her and said he wanted to return some books; she mistankely saw his attempt by him to resume the relationship. At Christmas 1965 she finished with Roger. "He was very upset," she said. "My mum said he cried, but I don`t know about that. He used to phone me at my friend`s house." Either way, they both spend Christmas without a partner.
Eileen, now working as a nurse for the Blood Transfussion Service, was one of the many acquaintances of Roger Taylor to pack into his Truro show in 1994. Throughout the concert her friends were forever digging her in the ribs and trying to persuade her that the lyrics were about the heartbreak of losing his first love, his Flushing Girl. Eileen still has a sentimental attachment to Roger. "I didn`t like it when he wore his sunglasses on stage," she complains. "He looks much better with them off. It was his eyes that I remember him for."
Source: "Queen: The Early Years", by Mark Hodkinson.