I used to work in Central London, which meant taking the Central Line from Leytonstone to Oxford Circus every morning during rush hour. It was neither a pleasant nor comfortable journey (being squeezed in like sardines in an unventilated elongated tin can) even on good days when everything ran smoothly, but passing through Bethnal Green station always made me smile whenever a certain platform announcer was on shift.
He didn’t really say anything different than any other announcer, it was more the friendly, cheerful, smiley way he said it – and his wonderful sing-song ‘Mind de dooaaahhhss…!’ chilled everyone out.
It seems that lots of other regular commuters shared my opinion, because at some point someone created a Facebook page called ‘The Announcer at Bethnal Green Station is a Legend’, and someone else even created a Soundcloud recording of one of his everyday announcements. I stopped commuting regularly on this journey after changing jobs several years ago now, and it seems he no longer works there, but I still smile at the memory of my favourite legendary announcer every time I pass through Bethnal Green station… 🙂