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Taxi Charity attends 70th anniversary of the Airborne March

Airborne March 2016

On Thursday 1 September 2016, the Taxi Charity took five Arnhem veterans to the 70th anniversary of the Airborne March, known locally as Airborne Wandeltocht.

The veterans were taken in three taxis from Harwich to the Hook of Holland on Thursday night and arrived in Arnhem/Oosterbeek at midday on Friday.

The Airborne March itself took place on Saturday 3 September.

The veterans we escorted were:

  • Arthur Letchford, 2 Para - one of the few soldiers to get to the bridge during the battle

  • John Crosson and Geoff Roberts, both 7th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) 1st Air Landing Brigade - they went in in gliders

  • Alex Hall, 218 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC)

  • Ted Pieri, 250 (Airborne) Light Composite Company - he was waiting to go on third lift when the operation was cancelled due to heavy losses.

Special thanks to our volunteer taxi drivers: Ian Gaffney, Paul Gale and Ron Geraghty.

Airborne Wandeltocht

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[Our veterans are interviewed for Dutch TV around the 6:15 mark]


Itinerary for 70th Airborne March 2016 at Oosterbeek


Veterans Welcome at Airborne Museum


Opening of reception, with speeches by Wilma Luckel, march leader; Jasper Verstand, deputy mayor


Laying of flowers/wreaths at Soldier & Flower Girl monument opposite museum


Beat & retreat by Massed Pipes and Drums 10:50

Opening speech by march leader on the stage 10:58

Last Post


One minute silence


Opening of 70th Airborne March. Veterans were invited to take a place on the stand to salute groups and individuals; or to participate in march past by riding in golf carts


End of march past


Start of the homecoming parade


End of the homecoming parade


Medals presented to those who participated for the 50th, 60th and 70th time 17:00

End of ceremony


End of Airborne March


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