Jason Manford danced on a fan’s offer to help him get to his latest gig, after pleading for help from his followers when his train was canceled due to chaos caused by the UK heatwave.
The comedian, who was due to perform in Margate, took to Twitter after being left stranded in Rugby when all trains were canceled due to ‘severe weather’, pleading for fans to help him get to the show on time.
Despite one fan kindly offering to pick him up and take him to Margate, and even driving to the station to meet him, Jason later responded by revealing he’d got there of his own accord by paying for a £400 taxi.
‘Got a cab!’ Jason Manford danced on a fan’s offer to help him get to his latest gig, after pleading for help from his followers of him when his train was canceled due to chaos caused by the heatwave
Jason was among thousands whose journeys were thrown into chaos when much of the UK’s rail network ground to a halt due to concerns over rails buckling in the heat.
The star explained that after jumping on an Avanti West Coast train at Stockport that would take him to London, it was stopped at Rugby when the air conditioning stopped working, before being canceled when a tree fell on the track before catching fire.
On Tuesday Avanti West Coast confirmed that they would be canceling the rest of their service from 3pm due to extreme weather conditions.
dramatic! The comedian, who was due to perform in Margate, took to Twitter after being left stranded in Rugby, pleading for fans to help him get to the show on time
Despite originally organizing a shared taxi to London, Jason later took to social media to plead for help from fans to get him to his show on time.
He wrote: ‘Train canceled in rugby! Anyone nearby wants to lend me their car so I can get to Margate (not even joking, can’t get a hire car or a cab!).
Fans rushed to the comments section offering advice and suggestions however one graciously wrote: ‘I’m in Rugby and happy to drive you some of the way – I just can’t go all the way to Margate. Can anyone else help, and I’ll get you to them?’
A grateful Jason replied: ‘Can ya get me to Cambridge big fella? [sic]’.
What a journey! The star explained that after jumping on a train at Stockport, it was stopped when the air conditioning stopped working, before being cancelled.
Stranded: After originally planning to get in a shared taxi, Jason took to Twitter to plead for help from his followers to get him to Margate on time
Sorry: A fan rushed to Jason’s aid, offering to take him to Cambridge, but the comic later said he’d jumped in a taxi instead
Britain’s heatwave travel chaos
Serious disruption (red): Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Elizabeth Line, Grand Central, Great Western, Greater Anglia, Hull Trains, London Northwestern Railway, London Overground, Lumo, Merseyrail, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales, West Midlands Railway, c2c.
Moderate disruption (amber): Chiltern, East Midlands, Govia Thameslink, Great Northern, Island Line, LNER, Scotrail. Also disruption on city lines including the Newcastle Metro.
Congestion in cities during the morning rush hour was lower than last week, according to TomTom. The RAC has warned motorists who may be driving to work that the number of vehicle breakdowns today could be a fifth higher than usual.
TRANSPORT FOR LONDON
good service: Circle, Northern, Waterloo & City, DLR.
Delays: All other lines.
It’s hot! He later took to Twitter to reveal he was in a taxi that was taking him to Northampton, in the hope he could get another ride to take him to Margate
Less than an hour later the fan wrote: ‘Outside the station now. Black Hyundai Kona’.
Only for Jason to reply: ‘Sorry pal, I danced and got a cab! Thanks for the offer, tickets for you for a gig for being a good lad. Email me off website’.
Luckily the user wasn’t too upset, replying: ‘No worries. I’d have done the same! Hope the rest of the journey goes well!’
Sharing the remainder of his journey with fans, Jason shared a sweaty selfie from his expensive ride having given up his spot in a shared a taxi after one traveler broke down over fears they were going to miss their flight.
Almost there: Once arriving in Northampton Jason shared a snap before he attempted to travel the last 150 miles
I have captioned the snap: ‘Right, managed to leave chaos of Rugby behind! Tried to share cab to London with 5 others but got bumped off last min cos someone cried! We can all cry mate!’.
I have added: ‘Anyway, in cab to Northampton now. Randomly but it’s as far as this cab driver is willing to go! Inching my way to Margate’.
Once he arrived in Northampton, Jason shared another snap in front of the station’s sign before he attempted to travel the last 150 miles, bemoaning the taxi driver for opening the windows instead of using the air conditioning.
From his second cab he commented: ‘Okay managed to get a taxi from Northampton to Margate! Only £210! Bargain!’
‘Had to convince him to put aircon on! He said ‘it’s a Prius so we can either get to Margate or you can have aircon, there’s not enough power to do both!’! P**s funny! [sic].
It’s so hot! After managing to hail a second cab, Jason bemoaned the drive for opening the windows instead of using the air conditioning, on the hottest day of the year
Once he neared, his destination he popped open a whiskey and cola as he recovered from the strenuous journey.
Jason later took to Instagram to detail the entire journey to his followers, writing: ‘Quite the journey! Got the 11.44 from Stockport to London due to arrive in Margate at 16.38. Little dip in the sea and a lovely gig, that’s all I wanted!’
‘Train aircon stopped working. Stopped at Rugby to fix it. Tree fell on track ahead-30m delay. Said tree caught on fire. 1 hour delay. Train cancelled’.
‘Rugby station, couldn’t get a cab, couldn’t hire a car! Arranged with 5 fellow passengers to share cab to London for £70 each. By time we got to car it was £90 each’.
He continued: ‘A lady started crying cos she was gonna miss her flights home! Gave her de ella my space in the taxi (livid, we can all cry love! If only I could muster a tear for Margate!)’.
‘Managed to get taxi over to Northampton (he wouldn’t drive further). Got a local Prius to drive the 2hrs 45m to Margate- he won’t put the aircon on (even tho it’s costing £210!). He said ‘we can either get to Margate or have aircon-car does n’t have power for both!’.
Before adding: ‘Will arrive at 7.25 for a 7.30 show-delightful! You better laugh ya ba*****!’.
Exhausted? Once nearing his destination he popped open a whiskey and cola as he recovered from the strenuous journey