Friday 31 October 2014


Celebrities voice London travel announcements for Poppy Day


  Joanna Lumley recording her announcements 

Joanna Lumley will be heard at stations including Stockwell, Tower Hill, Bank and Bond Street
The voices of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Barbara Windsor and Joanna Lumley will echo across trains and buses as part of London Poppy Day.
Manager Arsene Wenger and footballers Joey Barton, Andros Townsend and John Terry will voice the announcements at stations near their football stadiums.
There will also be special performances by X Factor group Rough Copy and magician Troy.
It is all in aid of the Royal British Legion's annual appeal.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Transport for London has created a special poppy design incorporating the line from the famous poem by John McCrae, In Flanders fields the poppies blow.
The design will be displayed on all Tube and Docklands Light Railway trains, the Emirates Air Line cabins and trams.

Brian Blessed  

Actor Brian Blessed will be heard at Waterloo

Two Tube trains, one on the Metropolitan line and one other on the Circle line; a London overground train and 10 London buses will also be completely wrapped in the design.
Visitors to Covent Garden will be able to see the world's only operational B-type bus, which was used to transport troops during the war.

London's transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: "This time of year is always poignant as the nation remembers those who made such profound sacrifices, and this year is particularly important as we mark the centenary of the start of the Great War.


"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."

Bus images here and above supplied by Graham Smith and below by Malcolm Conway

Celebrity Tube stations voice will appear at
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
Queens Park Rangers' 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