Last week a parade of taxis (dressed up with balloons) made its way through Edinburgh as part of a fun day for kids with special needs and illnesses: the 64th annual outing of its kind.
The 60 cabs carried with them a hundred children on a trip to the beach, starting at Murrayfield stadium and through the capital, towards the coast at Musselburgh and onto Yellowcraigs to spend time at the seaside.
One taxi driver, Biggles, decorated his cab to look like a plane and won the Best Dressed Taxi Driver and Best Dressed Taxi awards.
The event was organised by the Kiddie’s Outing Committee. Alex Lyons from the committee said “this is a wonderful day out for both the children and the drivers”.
MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh stated that “the taxi drivers in the city have to be congratulated on the excellent work that they do and for making this possible.”
All along the route towards the beach, the children had fun squirting water from pistols out of the cars. The parade was also accompanied by music and balloons.
Lord Provost George Grubb said he was happy to see so much colour along the parade, especially on such a rainy day. He added that the parade means that children with special needs can go for an exciting day out by the beach and also get the chance to have fun riding in the colourful taxis.