Sun shines for Edinburgh taxi trade outing

Blair Houston waves from his balloon-festooned taxi. Picture: Jon Savage
Blair Houston waves from his balloon-festooned taxi. Picture: Jon Savage
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A COLOURFUL parade of taxis made its way through Edinburgh yesterday, carrying dozens of children with special needs on an annual trip to the beach.

The fleet of 60 cabs was given a special police escort to the sound of the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band as they headed from 
Murrayfield to Musselburgh for ice cream before travelling to Yellowcraigs.

As well as Hackneys covered in balloons, some taxis had transformed their vehicles into floats.

The 69th yearly Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children’s Outing was again funded by big-hearted cabbies keen to treat children with special needs, 
life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses to a day out at the beach.

Organiser Keith Bell said: “We have over 60 taxis this year, which is the biggest turnout we have had for many years.

“We have had a lot of newbies join for the first time as well so it is absolutely fantastic.”

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