Sir Richard blows the whistle

Sir Richard Branson leads a ’90s UK star-studded cast as he blows the final whistle on Virgin Trains, which will make its last journey on 7 December 2019.

Virgin Trains will cease to exist and will be taken over by First Trenitalia. To bid Virgin Trains fans a fond farewell, Sir Richard stars with Virgin Train staff on one final Virgin Trains journey from 1997 to 2019 with a lip sync to the iconic (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life from the film Dirty Dancing.

Commenting on the video’s release, Sir Richard said: “Virgin Trains has led the UK rail industry for over 20 years, delivering faster journeys, ground-breaking innovation and award-winning customer service. Our 3500 people are at the heart of the business and are the stars of this video, which celebrates the amazing work they have done to become the top-rated franchise in the UK today. We’ve had the time of our life serving our customers and wanted to celebrate the fun we have had with them since 1997.”

Phil Whittingham, MD, Virgin Trains, said: “Of course we’re extremely sad that Virgin Trains is disappearing as a train operator, but we wanted to leave as we entered: by having fun. We’re immensely proud of our track record over more than two decades and hope our customers enjoyed travelling with us as much as we enjoyed serving them.”

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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