London commuters passing through Bromley-By-Bow Underground station are in for a treat today as EastEnders star Danny Dyer takes over the tannoy announcements.
Dyer – who plays pub landlord Mick Carter on the BBC1 soap – has swapped pint pots for Tube stops, having pre-recorded some messages for unsuspecting travellers as EastEnders celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“I can’t tell you how much I loved sitting in the Bromley-By-Bow control room with them lovely ladies in their blue coats who work tirelessly. I remember I used to go through there and get off at Mile End on the district line and change to the Central line to get to Stratford. It brought back some happy memories,” said Dyer. “So remember everyone – mind that gap”.
Eagled-eyed viewers will know that the fictional Walford East Tube station replaces Bromley-By-Bow on the Underground map seen on EastEnders, making Dyer’s control-room takeover all the more appropriate.
Sandra Anderson, area manager for Bromley-By-Bow London Underground station, said: “Our station is at the heart of the East End and it is fantastic that as part of EastEnders’s 30th anniversary, our customers will be able to hear one of the most recognisable voices from the show telling them that there is a ‘right pukka’ service on the District line.”
Since EastEnders began in 1985, the number of passengers the Tube carries has grown by 65 per cent from 762 million passengers in 1985/86 to 1.26bn in 2013/14. But only today will Tube users be told that “there is a good service running on all London Underground Lines…Bang On…Proper…”
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