Brian Blessed’s booming voice has woken up London commuters this morning as he calls to the city’s residents to mark Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day today.
The actor’s considerably loud voice could be heard across speakers of London transport this morning, one of numerous high-profile names to support the cause, including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Barbara Windsor and Arsene Wenger.
In fact, a team of Premiership footballers, including John Terry, will make announcements at stations near their respective grounds for today only.
While not many could find it in themselves to complain about Fry or Windsor’s involvement, Blessed’s bellowing early morning wake-up call was a little overpowering for some social media users.
Some reminded the actor that there should be no talking on public transport, while another said his presence was mildly intimidating.
Wtf. Bus just played Brian Blessed exhorting me to buy a poppy or something. Not keen. No talking on public transport the morning, Brian.; Samantha Halford (@samanthahalf) October 30, 2014
HOLY CRAP! Brian Blessed just started shouting over the tannoy on the bus to intimidate passengers into buying a poppy.; Dan Walker (@dcwlkr) October 30, 2014
Anyone else had the booming voice of Brian Blessed pop out of the speakers on the bus today? Nearly jumped out of my skin....; Tim Danaher (@timdanaher) October 30, 2014
WHY IS BRIAN BLESSED SHOUTING ABOUT POPPIES ON MY BUS; Lauren G (@LollyGee) October 30, 2014
Has anyone else had Brian Blessed on their bus yet! Certainly woke me up!; Jonathan Tanner (@Tannerjc) October 30, 2014
That Brian Blessed poppy ad all feels a bit Orwellian when played unexpectedly through tinny speakers on the bus to work; Will Oakes (@OakesW) October 30, 2014
However, roaring or not, some (one) were quietly pleased:
Brian Blessed's Poppy message on the bus this morning made most of us jump and then smile.; Sahar (@Sahar_R7) October 30, 2014
Blessed and Boris Johnson started their appeal for poppy-buying earlier this week at Liverpool Street Station, urging the public to make a donation. Blessed bellowed, Boris looked tired.
Intimidating or not, it's all for a good cause. To donate money for Poppy Appeal