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

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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6 Comments

  1. 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 WELFARE!!

    SO PLEASE, ALL SIGN THIS PETITION
    TO END THIS RIDICULOUS BAN
    ON THE TALENTED TONY’S REPERTOIRE
    AT THE STATION OF WOKINGHAM.

    JACKIE HOWARD
    VIRGINIA WATER COFFEE CUPBOARD.

  2. 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.

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