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Grateful cabbies support war veterans this Remembrance Sunday

Generous black cab drivers will offer their traditional display of appreciation to Britain’s war heroes by ferrying veterans free of charge on Remembrance Sunday.

Drivers of “Poppy Cab” black taxis will be giving up their fares to take the war veterans to Admiralty Arch from Westminster Bridge.

Marshals will also be directing a “turn up and go” service from mainline stations carrying ex-service men and women to and from various clubs around London.

Patriotic as ever, London’s cabbies have a history of forsaking fares to provide transport to war veterans.

The Poppy Cabs taxi charity regularly organises seaside trips for retired war heroes and even helps many travel abroad to commemorate significant military anniversaries.

As per recent years a large number of Gurkhas will arrive at the Cenotaph parade from Woolwich in a convoy of taxis as well as a contingent of Chelsea Pensioners – immaculately presented in their scarlet uniforms.  Fortunately all London taxis are wheelchair accessible, a feature much appreciated by many of the more senior attendees on the day.

Mike Hughes a London Taxi Driver who co-ordinates the Poppy Cabs is appealing for support from the trade,

While the actual Remembrance Day is November 11th, this year the main service and parade at the Cenotaph will be held on the Sunday November 13th. We’d love to see you there.

I’m looking for teams of volunteers (3 or more) to help meet and greet veterans arriving at the main line stations.

Please let me know if you’re interested!

A number of vintage taxis will also taking part in proceedings on Remembrance Sunday.  In exchange for a donation to the British Legion funds visitors will be able to take a short ride and pose for photos in the classic taxis..

Mike’s contact details can be found on the flyer below – we’re confident that support for this fantastic endeavour from within the trade will be as strong as ever.

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