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The Man Behind The "Please Mind The Gap" Announcements On The Tube Has Died

“We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here," Phil Sayer's wife wrote on Facebook.

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The voiceover artist whose "mind the gap" announcements are heard by millions every day on the London underground has died aged 62.

Phil Sayer died from cancer, his family announced, a month after he retired due to ill health.

As well as his voiceover work – on most railway station PA systems across England as well as the tube – Sayer had presented a daily show on what is now Radio Manchester in the 1980s.

A post on the Facebook page of the voiceover company he set up with his wife Elinor Hamilton said: “Phil Sayer – voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

“We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here.”

Hamilton is herself a voiceover artist, and the couple could be heard together on some tube line announcements.

She once described them as "Britain's most apologetic couple" due to all the times they had to say sorry for delays to services.

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