71st Edinburgh taxi trade outing gives kids a day to remember

The 71st annual Taxi Trade Childrens Outing has taken place in Edinburgh.

Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 3:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th June 2017, 8:41 am
The Edinburgh Taxi Trade outing heads down the Royal Mile. Picture; Jon Savage
The Edinburgh Taxi Trade outing heads down the Royal Mile. 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 a hundred children with special needs and life-limiting conditions were driven to the seaside by Edinburgh’s taxi drivers.

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

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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.

The annual event offers children a day out to the seaside. Picture; Jon Savage

A huge congratulations to all those who took part in the Edinburgh Taxi Trade Children’s Outing.

Picture; Jon Savage
There has been a long-standing tradition of soaking passers by. Picture; Jon Savage
The annual event offers children a day out to the seaside. Picture; Jon Savage
Picture; Jon Savage
There has been a long-standing tradition of soaking passers by. Picture; Jon Savage