War heroes young and old share an afternoon at Worthing Assembly Hall

The oldest Chelsea Pensioner at the event 97 year old Bill Moylon
The oldest Chelsea Pensioner at the event 97 year old Bill Moylon

WAR veterans gathered for a celebratory day out organised by the London Taxi Benevolent Association at Worthing Assembly Hall.

The annual gathering on Tuesday, June 11 saw 420 people attend including 18 Chelsea pensioners, members of the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Worthing and the mayor and mayoress.

Paul Davis, secretary for the Benevolent Association said: “We had a wonderful day as usual. We as a charity appreciate what Worthing borough council do for us. Without their support we would find it really difficult to keep coming down.”

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the London Taxi Benevolent Association. The charity was set up in 1948 to help servicemen who had been injured in combat. It continues to help those disabled during warfare, in their homes and hospitals, throughout London and the Home Counties, by providing entertainment, outings, and much needed specialised equipment.

The veterans were brought to Worthing in 110 taxis.

The event included a drinks reception and lunch. After eating some of the visitors were taken to the seafront and The Denton for afternoon tea and entertainment before the taxis took them home at 5.45pm.

Tanya Sharp, corporate fundraiser at Queen Alexandra Hospital said: “Each year our disabled ex-Servicemen and women look forward to this fantastic tradition and it never disappoints. The entertainment is great, the food plentiful and the atmosphere electric. Not only is it a great opportunity for our veterans to meet fellow comrades but it’s a lovely way to honour them for all their efforts. It’s a truly special occasion for truly special people.”

For more information on the charity visit www.taxicharity.org