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Red Funnel Ferries declares its support for Southampton Pride

Tue, Aug 20 2019

As a supporter of this weekend’s Southampton Pride Parade (August 24th), Red Funnel Ferries, the original Isle of Wight ferry provider, has changed its logo to reflect the iconic Pride flag colours.


To declare its support of the LGBT+ community within Southampton, the logo on the side of Red Funnel’s vehicle and passenger ferry, Red Falcon, has been repainted from the classic red to the colours of the rainbow as staff from the long-standing local business prepare to walk in this Saturday’s parade.

Commenting on Red Funnel’s support of the local Pride event, Red Funnel’s CEO, Fran Collins said: “Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and core values. Equal opportunities are available at Red Funnel to everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, belief, sexual orientation, family status or disability and the essence of the Pride movement underpins this same ethos.

“The Pride logo on our ferry, Red Falcon, which we’re dubbing “Pride Funnel”, represents so much more than Red Funnel showing its support for the LGBT+ community. It’s a reminder that it is vital to ensure that our workplace is a safe, positive, and nurturing environment for everyone. It’s a declaration and a commitment that we will continue to respect and strive to understand one another and embrace diversity within our workplace.

“It symbolises the fact that everyone brings something unique to the table here at Red Funnel, and it’s this variety of diversity, skills, life experiences, personalities and perspectives that will set us up for continued success.”


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330

E: [email protected]

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

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