But the sound of “mind the gap” is a warning that has been renewed in London’s recordings throughout the years. With the years and as new recordings were made, the first and mythical “mind the gap”, finally disappeared. Not without causing some sadness to those who remembered its original voice.
TFL (Transport for London), received a request from the widow of the actor with the original “mind the gap” recording, she wanted a copy of the original since she couldn't hear his voice anymore when visiting the underground. The company, moved with this story, not only granted a CD with her husband’s recording, but also began playing the original “mind the gap” with his voice at Embankment station, where the widow could continue to listen to the her husband’s voice, recorded more 40 years ago.
The actor’s name was Laurence Oswald, who died in July, 2001. He had recorded his voice to London underground stations in 1969, cautioning the passengers not to put a foot in between the train and the platform.
Currently, “mind the gap” with its original recording plays at Embankment station, Northern Line, so that the widow, and anyone who listens, will continue to be surprised by a voice that differs from the rest of London’s stations.