Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with a host of recognisable celebrity voices - including Arsene Wenger and Mikel Arteta - to encourage people to give generously in support of The Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day on October 30.
Twenty famous voices including Barbara Windsor, Brian Blessed , Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry will be heard at over 60 London Underground stations, all London buses and Network Rail mainline stations.
Wenger and Arteta's voices can be heard supporting Poppy Day at Arsenal, Holloway Road and Finsbury Park underground stations.
London Poppy day is part of the national Poppy Appeal, which aims to raise as much money as possible in a single day to support the whole Armed Forces family.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, TfL has created a special poppy design with the line from the famous First World War poem by John McCrae, ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow’. Poppies will be displayed on all Tube and Docklands Light Railway trains, the Emirates Air Line cabins and Trams.
Two Tube trains, one on the Metropolitan line and one on the Circle line, a London Overground train and 10 London buses will also be completely wrapped in the design. Two special 3D poppy bus shelters carrying the design will be located outside the Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington Tube station and the design will also be featured on 2,000 limited edition Tube maps.
Customers travelling on the transport network will also notice that some London Underground stations and Network Rail stations have been decorated in special poppy livery.
There will also be special performances across the transport network on London Poppy Day, including tricks by magician Troy and a special live performance by X Factor stars Rough Copy. Buskers, bands and choirs will also be performing across the transport network to raise funds for London Poppy Day.