Just before Christmas, I held a rather unusual Tea Party at the London HQ of global ad agency Ogilvy and Mather in East London. The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled brought along 25 WWII veterans, who regularly volunteer for the charity’s fund-raising collections, for tea, cake and a chat. Many of the Ogilvy staff had been furiously baking cakes for a Very British Charity Cake Sale. A huge Union Jack cake, a Lemon Drizzle Cake and a […]
I’ve organised a Vintage Tea Party to take place at the London HQ of top global ad agency Ogilvy and Mather tomorrow. The taxi charity are bringing a number of special guests – veterans from World War 2 – for tea, cake and probably a beer or two. Many thanks to Jon Morgan and Mike Watson, Creative Directors at Ogilvy and Mather, and Mark Osbourne and Andy Breese from Room Design, for the fabulous poster. Thanks also to all the […]
Last Tuesday the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled took over 200 war veterans on their annual outing to Worthing, my second road trip with the charity. This trip is a real highlight in the lives of many veterans, some of whom can’t get about very easily nowadays, on account of hovering around 90! More than 100 Black Cabs collected the veterans from various locations in and around London. They gathered first in South Holmwood, a former British Legion […]
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 […]
A little film made in the back of a Black Cab. I was in Julian Lillington’s cab with veterans Danny McCrudden and Ernie Davis when we arrived to a wonderful reception at the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek on 5th May 2012. Danny was talking about his somewhat disappointing return home to Glasgow after the war when we started seeing the crowds. My friend and photographer Matt is also in the cab. Connie Batemen and Eric Davis pop up at the […]
Just returned home from the Union Jack Club in Waterloo, where this epic trip began last Wednesday. Wonderful to see Geoff Roberts, 87, being reunited with his grand-daughter Grace. She’d been excited about seeing him all day. Many proud families out there – veterans’ children, grand-children, great and even great-great-grandchildren, and cabbies’ families too of course. The charity must be delighted by how it’s all gone. Sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful veterans I’ve met. They’ve been so […]
I’m in Danny Bedford’s cab with veterans Harold Padfield and Geoff Roberts. Geoff on the right never smiles in front of cameras. People waving us off. Everyone is feeling ‘a bit choked’ to be leaving Arnhem, although looking forwards to a ‘proper cup of tea’ in England. Harold has been given some gorgeous stroopwafels by his friends who host his regular visits to Holland, where he parachuted in at 7 minutes past 2 on 17th September 1944.
Wonderful scenes at the Airborne Museum in Arnhem yesterday. Great cab ride with Julian the driver. In the back were veterans Danny McCrudden, who sang The Good Life on the way, and Ernie Davies, my friend and photographer Matt, and me. As we approached Arnhem, it was as if the whole town had come out to meet the convoy. Danny had tears in his eyes. The museum had laid on quite an event, complete with bagpipe players, the local medical […]