Joanna Lumley delights Swindon commuters with book reading

By Claire Dukes - 1 June 2018

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As part of a new commuter campaign, Joanna Lumley hopped aboard the Great Western Railway to encourage Swindon commuters to relax.

In a new scheme to help relieve commuters of stress, the TV and film star has teamed up with Fuze Tea to spread the word about the 'Calm the Commute' campaign. The tea brand, owned by Coca Cola, has designed the campaign to encourage 'me-time' whilst workers commute home. As part of the launch Joanna Lumley delighted Swindon commuters travelling from London Paddington with a reading from one of her favourite books, Eat Pray Love. Commenting on the launch, Joanna Lumley, said: “We all spend so much time working hard and rushing around, but in today’s madness it’s so important for us to take a moment out of our day to collect and compose ourselves. "I was delighted to launch Fuze Tea with a surprise book reading of Eat Pray Love because it’s a really moving memoir of self-discovery and shows what happens if you take time for yourself for your own happiness, and it was such a joy to be able to enhance a rare me-time moment.”  Christina Lecky, Senior Brand Manager at Coca-Cola GB said: “Fuze Tea brings something new and different and, most importantly, delicious, to busy Brits. As it features a unique fusion of botanicals and tea extracts, it’s especially great for me-time moments such as the commute home.”  “We are encouraging people to switch off and there’s nobody better than national treasure Joanna Lumley to surprise and help relax those commuting home with a book reading of her favourite novel. This, however, is just the start, so keep an eye out while you commute home as we have more exciting things to come.”  One commuter, Amarpreet Jaswal, 25, retail worker said: “It was so enjoyable and relaxing, and who better to have read to you on your commute than Joanna Lumley! It started off my day so positively and had me in a great mood for the rest of the day.”  Keshini Misha, 29, waitress added: “I was so happy to be on that train. Joanna Lumley is one of my icons and her voice was so soothing.” 

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