Coronavirus: Baffins dad in self-isolation cheers up daughter with Freddie Mercury performance of Queen hit

A HELPFUL daughter was surprised to find Freddie Mercury belting out a famous tune as she arrived to drop essential supplies to her self-isolating family.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 6:17 pm

Tamzin Cormican from Fratton was carrying out a few errands to help out her parents and brother, who are in isolation at their Baffins home because her dad, Martin, has multiple sclerosis and is disabled.

The 26-year-old turned up to drop off some essential goods when she could hear Queen hit I Want to Break Free playing loudly.

Tamzin said: ‘Next thing I know, I pulled up to the drive and dad’s hanging out of the window dressed as Freddie Mercury. I could not stop laughing all day.’

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Martin Cormican sings Queen to entertain the neighbours whilst in isolation in Baffins, Portsmouth.

Martin, 54, is known in his family as being a bit of a joker, and wanted to do something to surprise his daughter and keep her spirits up.

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He said: ‘I’m always the one that jokes around and dresses up and makes people smile, so I wanted to have the last laugh and surprise my daughter.’

Tamzin grabbed a short video of his performance, complete with black wig and cleaning brush microphone, and posted it on Facebook, where she has been amazed to receive more than 600 shares.

Martin Cormican from Baffins was singing Queen in isolation to cheer people up, and a video of his performance has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook after it was posted by his daughter Tamzin

Martin’s video sees him next to comical signs saying ‘Grounded by the government’ and ‘Free me or send beer’, which his wife Dee helped to make, and has cheered plenty of people up on social media.

‘I expected my family to share it but I didn’t expect this many people in less than 24 hours to have shared it,’ said Tamzin, who said her dad is known for this wacky behaviour.

She added: ‘I remember being at college many years ago and dad would wake me up every day.

‘There was one week he woke me up every day dressed as a different person, a clown, a pirate. He’s a nutjob and I love him.’

A visit next week to deliver more supplies may see Tamzin greeted by another funny character.

She said: ‘Keep looking out for your family as best you can and just check in on them. Social media and the internet is such a blessing we have these days.’

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