Veterans ride into Worthing in style

Worthing seafront was lined with black cabs this afternoon for an annual event for war veterans.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 6:22 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:10 am
Annual taxi run to Worthing for war veterans. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160621-133026008

The London Taxi Benevolent Association for War Disabled had 100 drivers step up to bring down more than 200 veterans from across London to Worthing Pavilion for a special day at the seaside.

The 62nd annual event saw a parade of taxis travelling along Marine Parade and South Street, with all drivers working for free.

Veteran Pat Higgins, 90, said: “I have always had an affinity for Worthing, and moved here after spending my time abroad in India. A fantastic town to come back to.”

Annual taxi run to Worthing for war veterans. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160621-133231008

Paul Davis, secretary of the association said: “We have been going since 1948 with drivers hoping to give something back to the veterans. There is a long tradition of former soldiers becoming cab drivers, so they are happy to keep this tradition going.”

Driver Jeff Middleton added: “I just enjoy doing it. Some of these guys go every year and I take the same ones, who are lovely and great to talk to.”

The lunch was included for the veterans and the drivers with a total attendance of 372, and also included a keynote speech from former Special Air Service Sergeant Phil Campion.

Speaking beforehand he said: “It is something close to my heart and we have to get behind these people and support them. But I don’t want to go in there and tell them war stories, because they have seen it all.”

Cadman left and Bill Wood. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160621-133246008

Newly elected mayor of Worthing Borough Council Sean McDonald said: “It is a time honoured tradition for the residents of Worthing to welcome these brave men and women every year to our town.”

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