Hugh Grant behind Benny Hill tune blaring out on College Green amid Boris Johnson resignation

It comes after music could be heard blaring out on College Green on Thursday

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Actor Hugh Grant was behind the Benny Hill theme tune blaring out amid Boris Johnson’s resignation.

Mr Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader on Thursday following mounting pressure from MPs.

As people gathered around Downing Street and the surrounding areas to soak up the day’s events, music could be heard playing.

The music, which was audible on television broadcasts, has since been confirmed as coming from the speakers of political activist and “Stop Brexit Man” Steve Bray.

Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation

It has now been revealed that on Thursday morning, Grant tweeted Mr Bray with a special request.

The actor wrote: "Morning [Steve]. Glad you have your speakers back. Do you by any chance have the Benny Hill music to hand?"

Later in the day, Mr Bray replied by saying: "Just for (Hugh) as requested here today at the media circus… College Green. The Benny Hill theme tune."

Many have since hailed the pair for the incident, with one person saying the “timing was beautiful”.

While comedian David Baddiel said: "When it begins again for the second round ... f****** brilliant."

During his speech announcing his resignation as Tory Party leader, Mr Johnson said he was “immensely proud of the achievements of this Government”, from getting Brexit done to getting the UK through the pandemic, and leading the West in standing up to Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

The PM said he had tried to persuade his Cabinet it would be “eccentric” to change Prime Minister now but “I regret not to have been successful in those arguments”.