THE squeaky voice of comedian Joe Pasquale will soon ring across a town centre – reminding motorists to lock their cars and take valuables with them.
The high-pitched funnyman is one of a number of celebrities whose voices will be given to “talking ticket machines” in Tunbridge Wells.
Reminders will be given to motorists as they wait for their tickets to be printed at Pay and Display machines.
Others voices used include Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, characters from the television show Little Britain, Elvis Presley and cockney actor Michael Caine.
Some machines will even give out the warnings in the voice of Frank Bruno, though it is not clear whether it will round off its sentence with his signature “know what I mean, Harry?”.
The machines are part of a car safety campaign launched by the Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership. The first talking machines will be unveiled today (Friday) at the Great Hall car park, Mount Pleasant, by Richard Powell, the borough council’s director of services to the community.
He said: “This new initiative is a fun way to get across a very serious message. We hope customers will enjoy the humour while taking on board the advice about making life tough for criminals.”
The Community Safety Partnership, which has funded the new machines, is using the initiative to remind people how they can deter thieves.