December 30, 2009
For many, taxi driving is their chosen profession. And for some, being a cabbie is something pursued over many, many years.
One such dedicated example is Jock Brodie, 64, who has worked as a taxi driver in the picturesque Dorset seaside town of Weymouth for the past 33 years, before finally heading off for his well-earned retirement.
Now that’s what you call a good shift!
During that time Jock also did his fair share for the community, raising hundreds of pounds for Acorns day centre and for Cherries residential home in Mount Pleasant.
The former naval serviceman brought one of the first wheelchair taxis to Weymouth and regularly took children from the Cherries home to see the Christmas lights. He also offered a Christmas Day and Boxing Day service in the town when there is little or no public transport.
But this January Jock plans to use his life savings to set off in a motor home with brother-in-law, Eddie Winder and his four dogs. Although he said he has enjoyed his career as a taxi driver for Shih-tzu Ltd – named after his dogs – he says everyone deserves some ‘quality life’, which he believes starts at retirement.
Jock said: “There’s no plan as to where I’ll go first or how long I’ll stay there. I want to be free to go where I want, wherever the wheels will take me.”