Petition launched to lift rumoured ban on Wokingham Station’s ‘Cheerful Controller’ reading Winnie the Pooh

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A petition was launched today to lift the rumoured ban on the renowned Wokingham announcer who reads poetry over the loudspeaker during busy periods.

Tony Knight has a reputation for his friendly demeanour and often reads aloud from his childhood copy of Winnie the Pooh.

He has even appeared on BBC Berkshire as ‘the cheerful controller’ of South West Trains.

When disappointed local resident James Melville heard Wokingham Station may be putting an end to such announcements, he began a change.org petition to have the ban lifted.

It reached 473 supporters in just three hours, with 66 likes on Facebook.

Explaining the petition, Mr Melville said: “He has welcomed trains, read poems and told off those naughty trains that are a little late! His approach has brought joy and lightened the mood of what can be an otherwise boring commute. 

“Unfortunately he has now been told to stop. This petition is to ask that he be allowed to bring joy to our lives again and to be able to give his unique announcement and read his poems.”

Suzanne Buckner commented: “How ridiculous we have to do this! Why would anyone want to stop him from reading poems and brightening everyone’s day? He’s a Wokingham treasure.”

Daniel Hinton said: “If he enjoys it and the commuters enjoy it, what’s the problem?”

Nena Gahlot added: “Don’t be miserable – let Tony spread cheer to Wokingham Borough.”

South West Trains manage Wokingham Station and have been approached for comment. 

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Navid
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Fat controller from Thomas the Tank engine?!!!😥 Even worse!😡 Winnnie the Pooh from Walt Disney?!!! Seriously, you can’t ban this in my town!!! No way!!!!!!! I’d sing a song to help… Sometimes Something beautiful happens In this world Oh Akon And Lonely Island You don’t know how to express yourself so You just gotta sing… I just had sex And it felt so good (felt so good) Leona let me put my penis inside her (her) I just had sex (Hey!) And I’ll never go back (never go back) To the not having sex Ways of the past Have you… Read more »

Alan Vaughan
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Alan Vaughan

It’s South Western Railway not SWT.

Signed, and hope common sense prevails.

Jackie Howard
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Jackie Howard

HERE’S A LITTLE DITTY TO PASS ALONG TO YOU, ABOUT THAT CHEERFUL CHAP,TONY WHO SPEAKS A WORD OR TWO. OVER THE TANNOY IN HIS BEST RAILWAY VOICE HE’LL GIVE YOU A RENDITION THESE ARE HIS WORDS OF CHOICE HE’LL LIFT YOUR MOOD DAILY MAKE YOUR DAY SEEM SWEETER HE’S A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE HE’S A PROPER LITTLE FEATURE. NOW, THE POWERS THAT BE WANT TO TAKE AWAY HIS MIC KICK HIM OFF HIS PLATFORM TO SILENT AS THEY LIKE! WHY PUT THE BRAKES ON A TALENT THAT IS SO RARE A CALMING VOICE OF REASON ALL FOR HIS PASSENGERS… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

Rumoured ban? No details of who has tried to stop this?
Smacks of fake news!

Alan Vaughan
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Alan Vaughan

Go ask him yourself. Like many others have done. SWR are denting a ban, but he says he has been stopped.

Philip Rougier
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I am very sad to hear that this wonderful platform announcer has been prevented from given anymore of his wonderful speeches. It has been a real pleasure listening to his Winnie the Pooh Andy his cheery announcing of pending trains. It makes the travel much mor enjoyable and should be encouraged at all stations not just Wokingham.

Margaret Doman
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Agree we all appreciate him and his humour.Leave our Wokingham Station announcer alone.