A Capital Day Out
The Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children's Outing was once again a huge success thanks to the dedication of the city's cabbies.
Now in its 61st year the annual trip from Murrayfield Stadium to Yellowcraig in East Lothian brought a smile to the faces of more than 140 children in need.
Rain failed to dampen spirits as everyone enjoyed a barbecue, fairground rides and magic show after their journey through the capital.
The chance to aims water pistols at mostly-willing grown-ups has become a popular highlight of the Edinburgh trip and this year proved no exception. The arsenal of water guns and water-filled balloons assembled by eager kids was impressive to say the least, with numerous bystanders left ducking for cover as the taxi fleet passed through!
Well-wishers lined the city's streets to waive the procession on its way to the seaside. However, it was easy to see who had watched in the past with some members of the public themselves armed with water pistols!
The event is made possible through the tireless efforts of the voluntary organising committee, led enthusiastically by well-known cabbie Keith Bell. Vital financial support was provided by a range of organisations including taxi manufacturer Cab Direct.
Presenting a cheque for £1,000 Cab Direct's Bill Parris commented: "We're simply delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause as it gives so much pleasure to so many children."
Bill added: "It's a fantastic day out for the parents and kids and everyone who takes the time to help put on such a special day deserves a great deal of credit."