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Moment of birthday Madness leaves Red Funnel captain Alice in wonderland

Madness broke out on a Red Funnel ferry when the 80s ska band delivered a special performance for the vessel's captain, Alice Duncan, to celebrate her 28th birthday.

The group, famous for hits such as Baggy Trousers and It Must Be Love, were crossing the Solent from Southampton to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday (16 June) when they gave Alice a birthday present she will never forget.

Madness on Red Funnel
Alice Duncan with Suggs and a Madness band member on the Bridge of Red Falcon

The captain and her crew on Red Falcon, who worked tirelessly over the four-day festival period taking thousands of festival goers to the island, were treated to a surprise rendition of “Happy Birthday” from lead singer Suggs and the rest of the Madness group.

Captain Duncan, who has worked for Red Funnel for almost seven years and is a big fan of Madness, didn’t manage to see the band perform but was instead treated to a front row performance as Suggs and the rest of the band joined Alice on the ferry’s Bridge.

Alice said: “My dad and I are huge fans of Madness and I’m shocked and surprised that the band came up to join the crew on the Bridge to sing Happy Birthday to me.

“It was an amazing moment and it made up for not seeing them at this year’s festival. This will be birthday I won’t forget.”

Posted on 19th June 2019 at 11:07 am in Ferry Operators | Red Funnel | Ferry News |

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