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London cab drivers treat war veterans to trip to Worthing

Released: Tuesday, 04 July 2017

The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans logo

A convoy of London cabs will stream into Worthing on Tuesday 4th July 2017 bringing 200 war veterans from across the capital for a day at the seaside.

The World War Two veterans, including Chelsea Pensioners, will be treated to a fish and chip lunch and entertainment at The Pavilion on Worthing Pier as well as being able to take in the sea views.

The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Alex Harman, said:

“It's fantastic to be able to welcome the Chelsea Pensioners and the London taxi drivers back to Worthing for another year.”

“The fact they keep on coming back to enjoy a day by our seaside is testament to the town and our facilities. I'm looking forward to meeting them all.”

Following a tradition that began in 1948, the kind-hearted cabbies will turn off their meters to pick up veterans and carers from their homes on behalf of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

Graham Pike, one of the drivers taking part and Committee Member of the Taxi Charity, said:

“Our annual Worthing trip is something we look forward to all year. It's a pleasure to treat these ladies and gents to the seaside as a way of saying “thank you” for all they've done for us.”

It will be an early start for the veterans who will be picked up from 6:30am before stopping off at South Holmwood, near Dorking, for home-made sandwiches, cakes and refreshments before setting off in convoy along the A24 to Worthing.

The convoy is due to arrive in Worthing from midday and will head for home at about 6pm.

Photos: Veterans in Worthing during last year's visit when the London cab drivers treat war veterans to trip to Worthing

PR17-087 - London cab drivers treat war veterans to trip to Worthing

PR17-087 - Veterans in Worthing during last years visit, London cab drivers treat war veterans to trip to Worthing

Photos courtesy of the Taxi Charity

The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, also known as the Taxi Charity, was formed in Fulham in 1948. To find out more about the charity visit:

(PR17-087)

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