London Transport will be taken over by celebrities tomorrow…the announcements, that is.
In aid of London Poppy day, which takes place this Thursday, 30th October, famous celebrities from Stephen Fry to Joanna Lumely have recorded voiceover announcements for various tube lines and bus routes around the city.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and footballers Joey Barton, Andros Townsend and John Terry will all voice the announcements near their respective football stadiums to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Barbara Windsor will babble at Baker Street, Terry Wogan will lure us all off the trains and into the pub at Embankment, and Joanna Lumely will lull us all to sleep at Bond Street only for Brian Blessed to boom us all into waking at Waterloo.
It will certainly be a fun day for those travelling around the city, and of course it’s all for a great cause.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, Transport for London has created a special poppy design that will be displayed on all Tube and DLR trains, as well as 10 London buses that will be completely wrapped in the design.
London’s transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy said: “People living and working in London will see our specially wrapped trains and buses displaying the poppy design, in honour of the 4,500 transport workers who gave their lives in both World Wars and other conflicts.”
The full list of celebrities and the stations they will be making announcements at are as follows:
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Mikel Arteta: Arsenal, Holloway Road, Finsbury Park
Brian Blessed: Waterloo, Cannon Street, St James’s Park, Theydon Bois, Liverpool Street
Barbara Windsor: Great Portland Street, Baker Street, Leytonstone, Aldgate, Paddington, Northwick Park, Blackfriars
Michael Portillo: Pimlico, South Kensington, Sloane Sq
Trevor Nelson: Barbican, Oval, Green Park, Old Street, Rayners Lane
Sir Terry Wogan: Charing Cross, Ealing Broadway, Embankment, Hammersmith (Hammersmith & City and Circle line) Goldhawk Road, Latimer Road, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, Royal Oak, Paddington (Suburban)
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson: London Bridge, Angel, Islington
Emma Freud: Notting Hill Gate, Marylebone, Shepherd’s Bush, Knightsbridge
Joanna Lumley: Stockwell, Canary Wharf, Tower Hill, Bank, Hyde Park Corner, Bond Street, North Greenwich
Stephen Fry: Westminster, Victoria, Covent Garden, Southwark, Hammersmith (District & Piccadilly line)
Peter Dickson (Voice of X Factor): Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, South Kenton
Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend and Ben Davies: Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Tottenham Court Road
QPR’s Joey Barton and Rob Green: White City, Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush Market
Marcus Bentley (Voice of Big Brother): Euston, Monument, Temple
Fulham’s Scott Parker and Dan Burn: Putney Bridge, Parson’s Green
Chelsea’s John Terry: Fulham Broadway, Earl’s Court, West Brompton
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