Tuesday 12th June: the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled are taking 0ver 200 war veterans on their annual outing to Worthing. This trip is a real highlight in the lives of veterans, many of whom can’t get about very easily. Around 130 Black Cabs will be travelling from various locations in and around London. As with the charity’s recent trip to Holland, all of the splendid taxi drivers are giving their time for free. The passengers will include an array of veterans from World War II – now in their ’80’s and ’90’s – and various campaigns since. Several Chelsea Pensioners are also coming. Hurrah!
The trip begins in earnest on Tuesday morning in South Holmwood in Surrey, a small village turned over to the rendezvous, complete with a welcoming party in the village hall. I’ve heard that the ladies from the village and the local WI usually bake so many cakes and make so many sandwiches there’s no need to eat ever again. After filling up with various refreshments, we’ll then drive in a convoy up to 5 miles long to Worthing. Look out for us if you are on the A24!
In Worthing, we’ll have lunch and a knees-up in the Municipal Hall. An organ player is coming along especially to play one of the few remaining Wurlitzer organs in the country. The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing will be there, as will guest of honour Sir James Eberie. It looks to be a wonderful day, as well as being an extraordinary sight. In my recent experience, it’s unlikely to receive much media coverage owing to it being such good news. But you can follow it on Twitter. #vetsroadtrip
I’ll be going along, collecting stories, taking photographs, enjoying the company of some wonderful people.