John Galloway

Annual Kids Outing Hailed a Success


24/06/2009

Cabbies from Glasgow and Edinburgh were out in force as the most eagerly anticipated events in the taxi calendar took place across Scotland’s two foremost cities. 

Fun in the Sun in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children’s Outing has been running for over 60 years and is still as popular as ever amongst both youngsters and cabbies alike.

Every year taxi drivers from the city’s capital donate their time and effort, helping to make the day the success that it is.  And this year was no different!

In time honoured tradition the celebrations started at Murrayfield stadium with spirits high and everyone raring to go.  From Murrayfield the taxis made their way in convoy, via Musselburgh for an ice-cream, to Gullane, before finally arriving at Yellowcraig beach.  The barbecue was soon in full flow and the celebrations continued, in the sun, throughout the day.

The event was the 63rd outing organised by the drivers of Edinburgh and it has become a much loved tradition for the cabbies and their families. 

Amongst the many supporters of the event was Cab Direct which donated £500 towards outing funds, retaining the shield for the highest donation for the third year running.

Cab Direct’s Edinburgh branch manager commented: “The success of the event really is a credit to the drivers in the city.  It’s a great day out for the children and

everyone involved.  I never fail to be surprised at the effort that goes into making the day what it is and I am delighted to be a part of it.”

Glasgow Taxi Drivers Outing

Now in its 64th year, the Glasgow Taxi Outing fund for Sick Children proved a big hit with over 800 kids treated to a trip to the seaside by the city’s cabbies.

Taxi drivers across Glasgow turned out in force as children and their escorts were picked up and then driven to Kelvin Way in Glasgow’s West End to join the 250 strong line of black hacks.

The line of taxis was a tremendous sight as the drivers, many of whom adorned fancy dress costumes themselves, had pulled out all the stops with their extravagantly decorated cabs.

Despite the damp conditions, spirits were high as Strathclyde Police led the procession in convoy through the city.  The police Pipe Band were also on hand performing as the parade kicked off in Glasgow and then again on its arrival in the coastal town of Troon.

The town’s residents were, as always, out in force to welcome their visitors with decoration to rival that of the cabs.  Weather conditions meant that rather than the usual beach party, celebrations were moved indoors were the fun and games continued throughout the day before the convoy made its way back to Glasgow.

Cab Direct salesman, Ray Strang, was more than happy to lend his support.  He said: “It really is a great day and a great chance for the driver’s to give something back.”

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