Red Funnel organises birthday surprise for loyal customer

06-07-2009 On 3 July Derek Hunt of DJ Hunt Vegetable Wholesalers on the Isle of Wight turned 70, and thanks to Red Funnel, this was no ordinary birthday!

Mr Hunt has been, travelling to and from the Isle of Wight every morning for his wholesale vegetable business DJ Hunt, for the past 47 years, and Red Funnel thought that it would nice to show their appreciation for his continued custom by organising a birthday surprise.

Upon boarding, Derek was offered a complimentary Red Funnel breakfast. He was then treated to an exclusive tour of the Red Falcon bridge to enjoy the magnificent views across the Solent, and to briefly take control of one of the vessels upon which he has been travelling for so long. Mr Hunt was also presented with a bottle of champagne so he could enjoy his birthday in style once he returned to his home on the Island.

Derek  was overjoyed by his surprise: “My wife told me to wear something smart this morning, but I didn't know why! Red Funnel gave me a lovely breakfast and a very nice bottle of champagne. Then I was invited up onto the bridge and the captain actually let me steer the ferry! It was a great surprise for me, I've always enjoyed travelling with Red Funnel and this really made my day".

Sarah Drackford, Red Funnel Freight Travel Centre Manager comments “After working with DJ Hunt for so many years, we thought we would take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his long-standing loyalty. I’m so pleased that we were able to make this a crossing for him to remember”