In pictures: The 71st annual Taxi Trade Children's Outing

The 71st annual Taxi Trade Children's Outing took place in Edinburgh yesterday.

Wednesday, 14th June 2017, 8:32 am
Updated Thursday, 15th June 2017, 8:41 am
The annual event took place in the Capital yesterday. Picture; Jon Savage

Every year, on the second Tuesday in June, Edinburgh’s taxi drivers donate their time and money to take children for a day out at the seaside.

Around one hundred children with special needs and life-limiting conditions were driven to the seaside by Edinburgh’s taxi drivers.

A fleet of decorated cabs travelled through the city before heading off to East Lothian with children and their families.

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A taxi with a shark bursting out its roof leads the parade down the Royal Mile. Picture: Jon Savage

This year’s procession started at Edinburgh Zoo before heading through Princes Street and past the Scottish Parliament.

Taxis were decorated with a host of balloons and colourful designs, with the outing also embracing the long-standing tradition of firing water pistols and soaking passers-by.

Along the route the fleet also stopped at Luca’s in Musselburgh, East Lothian, for ice cream before once again setting off along the coast.

The tradition has been a staple of the Capital ever since it began in 1947. Central Taxis shared some snaps from the day, tweeting: “Just some of those who worked hard to make the Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children’s Outing memorable. And a slightly puggled looking dog!”

Onlookers greeted the annual trip. Picture; Jon Savage
Balloons adorn the roof of a taxi. Picture: Jon Savage
A driver aims a water pistol at passers-by. Picture: Jon Savage
Youngsters enjoyed a day out at the seaside. Picture; Jon Savage
A taxi with a shark bursting out its roof leads the parade down the Royal Mile. Picture: Jon Savage
Onlookers greeted the annual trip. Picture; Jon Savage
Balloons adorn the roof of a taxi. Picture: Jon Savage
A driver aims a water pistol at passers-by. Picture: Jon Savage
Youngsters enjoyed a day out at the seaside. Picture; Jon Savage