Dean Gaffney helps Virgin Trains with this Toilet Role of a lifetime

Dean Gaffney
Credit: Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains has announced that passengers have the chance to become to the new voice of the talking toilet.

Assisted by seasoned actor Dean Gaffney, the train operator is launching a nationwide search to find a handful of lucky winners from across the UK who will bag the (toilet) role of a lifetime.

The winners’ vocal stylings will be heard on Virgin Trains services right across the West Coast route, giving them an audience of more than 38 million passengers a year.

As well as delivering an important health and safety message of the perils of flushing the ‘unflushables’ (baby wipes, sanitary items and nappies etc), the current voice of the loo lifts the lid, in trademark Virgin Trains tongue-in-cheek style, on her far less salubrious stint as a public toilet.

First to audition was Albert Square star, Dean Gaffney, but when it was explained to the TV stalwart that Virgin Trains was looking for ‘real people’ for this particular role. Would-be vocal artistes can visit the Gaffbot and enter the competition here:

The search is open now with the closing date set for Friday 5th April 2019.

What did the officials say?

Peter Broadley, Executive Director, Customer Experience & Operations at Virgin Trains said:

“We make it our mission to ensure our customers get a warm welcome when they travel with us on Virgin Trains services. That friendliness extends to our toilets too.

“As well as bringing a smile to those that pop in for a visit onboard, the talking toilet delivers an important message. Most of the time, if a toilet is out of use, it’s because something untoward has been flushed down it; we’ve found glasses, wedding rings and even a bra have been the cause of clogged loos in the past. We’re hoping that our selection of winning voices will help us continue to deliver the message about what not to flush in our signature light-hearted Virgin Trains way.”

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