Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Dr Margaret McCollum (AKA ‘Mrs Mind The Gap’)

Whilst we previously reported that over 300 of Transport for London’s staff were shockingly on salaries of over £100,000 each per annum and one was on over £650,000 per annum, a “good news” story about the capital’s transport network comes in the form of Dr Margaret McCollum.

 

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Keeping the memory of her late husband alive, Dr McCollum visits Embankment tube station every day just to hear her late husband’s voice. Oswald Laurence, a RADA graduate and actor who was recorded for the northbound Northern Line announcement in the 1950s, was the man who declared: “Mind the gap.”

 

The couple met in 1992 while Mr Laurence was working for a tour and cruise company and lived together in North London until his death in 2007 and of her husband, the doctor endearingly declared that every day “since he died I would sit and wait for the next train until I heard his voice.”

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In November 2012, however, “suddenly Oswald wasn’t there” and had been replaced by a female voice, but a “stunned Margaret” subsequently persuaded Transport for London staff to restore her late husband’s voice “three times for every train before we make our additional announcements.” They added: “It’s wonderful hearing his voice there and wonderful to know it makes such a difference to her.”

 

In 2014, this remarkable story of dedication and a message heard by millions since it was recorded featured in a short 7:15-minute film by writer and director Luke Flanagan. It was, of course, simply named Mind The Gap.

 

Mr and Mrs Oswald Laurence
Embankment Underground Station
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJNLfGQlZOU

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