VIDEO: Annual trip to Worthing for veterans

VETERANS made their annual road trip to Worthing on Tuesday (June 12) for the 64th London Taxi Benevolent Association outing.

About 260 veterans and their guests were brought to Worthing by a fleet of London taxis.

The visitors enjoyed lunch at the Assembly Hall, in Stoke Abbott Road, followed by a visit to the seafront for ice creams.

In the afternoon, the veterans, along with six Chelsea pensioners, enjoyed a performance by the Jive Aces and Kas, a Kent-based singer known as the new forces sweetheart. The event, organised by the benevolent association, a charity for ex-servicemen and women, was attended by guest of honour Admiral Sir James Eberle and Worthing mayor Charles James, however the charity’s patron, Dame Vera Lynn, was not well enough to attend.

Press officer Derek Leone said: “The annual outing is a way of saying thank you to our veterans.

“They are all collected from their homes by London taxis and then taken to South Holmwood for refreshments before arriving in Worthing.

“Everyone enjoys coming to Worthing and catching up.”