Hail the Taxis!

Every year, for over 65 years, there has been an outing provided by the taxi drivers of Glasgow Scotland for sick and disabled children. On this outing the drivers dress-up their cars, wear colorful costumes, and go around picking up the sick children and their carers. Then they all go parading off to the seaside (beach) at Troon. 

If you have ever witnessed this parade you’ll know the joy it brings not only to the sick children, but to everyone involved and everyone who lines the routes to wave and cheer the children on.

Sometimes there are more than 200 taxis in this wonderful parade.  And sometimes it’s not only sick and disabled children that are taken on the outing. Sometimes children living in children’s homes get to join in the fun.


At the end of a, happy, and very noisy parade there is a full day of fun at the fair and the beach.

Glasgow’s Taxi drivers not only fund these very special outings but also put a lot time, creativity, and effort into making the day a bright and fun one for all. Even if it’s raining!

These Taxi drivers go all out every year to make a very special day for Glasgow’s sick children. And the children never forget their day out in the Glasgow taxis.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 03:43:27

    Yes Liz what a great day it is as you know the school I work at has very special children and to see their wee faces when the taxis arrive is amazing it has brought a tear to my eye ever year thank you for lettin people know how wonderfull the glasgow hackney drivers are and also the wonderfull people of troon x


    • elizabeth
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 09:19:26

      I forgot you worked with special needs kids. I’d be in tears myself watching all the kids so excited to get into the cabs. I remember a day back when I was too sick too go. But I got to watch all the others take off. And some of them brought me back GOODIES! :)

      I wanted to find a good video of the day to put on here because the photos just don’t capture the joy of the outing. But most of them were filmed by folks talking too much in the background. Haha, Glesga folk, wit ur they like! :) I wish the bbc would do a documentary of the outings.


  2. Deanna Schrayer
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 07:10:08

    What a wonderful service these taxi drivers provide Elizabeth! Thank you so much for sharing this – it always does my heart good to hear of such generous people helping those in need, especially children.


  3. elizabeth
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 09:22:44

    Deanna, it really is good heart-medicine to see such generosity and love.


  4. ansuyo
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 09:30:18

    How wonderful!!! I’ve never seen anything like it. :) Angie


  5. anniemcdonald
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 09:40:39

    The glasgow taxi drivers on this day are all heroes to the kids and their families, its a wonderful sight to see even though its normally raining, and it brings a tear to my eye also m x


  6. Mary Murtagh
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 05:01:45

    The Tv did do a documentary of the outing it was on tv a few years back think it was to celebrate 60 or 65 years cant remember i will try to source it for you xxx


  7. Troon Taxi
    Jun 07, 2013 @ 09:37:46

    Well that time of year again.
    Wednesday 19th June 10.45 Kelvin Way.
    Love it.


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