Rock legend David Bowie gave curry house diners a treat with an impromptu performance, the Suffolk Gazette understands.
Bowie, who is 69 years old today, was enjoying a spicy dish in the Taj Maharaja in Bungay, Suffolk on Wednesday when he thought he’d give other customers a night they’d never forget.
As locals tucked into papadums, curries, bhajis and other Indian delights, the star suddenly stood up to sing The Jean Genie while astonished staff stood open-mouthed.
Despite loud pleas for an encore, he then sat down again and resumed his meal as the customers clapped and cheered.
One diner, Lorraine Fisher, 34, admitted: “My husband and I couldn’t believe it. We were enjoying a madras and suddenly David Bowie stood up and started singing.
“We hadn’t even noticed he was there before – but he was very good and signed everyone’s paper napkins before he left.”
It is believed Mr Bowie was staying in Suffolk during a New Year holiday with his glamorous wife Iman when he decided to visit the curry house, which has rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
A pal said: “David enjoys his grub, and he still loves performing, even to smaller audiences than he’s used to. He has a wicked sense of fun, so this news is not surprising.”
Restaurant owner Shaz Miah said: “We don’t like talking about our famous guests, but we are grateful to Mr Bowie for being here and singing so well.”
Editor’s note: By unfortunate coincidence, this story was originally published a week before news broke of David Bowie’s death. In an astonishing twist, Sky News read out this curry story live on air as part of its breaking news coverage!