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  • Taxi Charity News: Check out our five-page article in Legion magazine

    This month, the Taxi Charity features in a five-page article in Legion magazine, the official magazine of The Royal British Legion. Click here to view an electronic version of the magazine. The article is written by Janet Hodgson, who has spent a great deal of time with our veterans, and has been on several of our trips. She recounts her emotional experience of the 2012 veterans' trip to Holland, ahead of this year's trip, which takes place on 2 May. The article also includes a profile of four of our volunteer taxi drivers, including committee member, Graham Pike. Thank you to The Royal British Legion for giving us this opportunity to tell our story. #taxicharitynews #netherlands2015

  • Fast Eddie's Blog: Liberators Diary - 4 May 2015 (Day 3)

    We were up early for breakfast at 7:00am. After breakfast we had to go through the loading up procedure once again - 95 taxis and 300 people - believe me, it was a nightmare but we managed! Once again, the convoy was on the move. We departed for Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. A lot of Canadian troops lost their lives in this area, along with our own boys. We had a simple and dignified service and laid our wreaths. Looking around at our veterans gathered together amid the rows of neatly tended graves, I saw many wistful eyes remembering what took place hereabouts, with everyone thinking of fallen comrades. The trumpeter played the Last Post and we quietly left with our thoughts. At midday, we moved to the National Liberation Museum for lunch and to meet with some Canadian students. We were entertained during lunch by a small group of musicians. Following lunch, our veterans took the opportunity of looking around the museum exhibits and met many members of the public who were visiting on this 70th anniversary period. We left the museum around 3:00pm and returned to our hotel. At 6:00pm we had a buffet dinner, after which the veterans were given a choice of three different remembrance services which they could attend: The Arnhem service for Airborne Forces in the town square The Oosterbeek service Ceremony at Heteren, a small cemetery with only 21 graves As an ex-airborne serviceman myself, I decided to go with our group of twenty five airborne veterans to the Arnhem town square service, with our vice chairman Dave Hemstead. On behalf of the Taxi Charity, I had the privilege of laying our floral tribute to the fallen. Our veterans were seated centre stage in the middle of the square. The entire square was packed with Dutch citizens, quiet and very respectful. Beautiful music was played by talented musicians. Once the service began there was absolute silence. Children laid flowers. It was a lovely service. At the appropriate moment, I, together with two of our Parachute Regiment veterans, moved forward to lay our tributes alongside those of many VIPs and dignitaries on the memorial at one end of the square. Following the service, the citizens of the town filed slowly past the memorial, paying their respects. The Dutch people really do respect the sacrifice made by our troops in those dark days of conflict. It is the respect of a people who have suffered and have been occupied by an enemy. IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE WAY PEOPLE FEEL. At 9:00pm we returned to the hotel have a couple of drinks and the vets had an early night. End of day three. #netherlands2015 #veteransnews

  • Holland Trip 2014: Photos of veterans at the Union Jack Club

    Ion Paciu, founder and tutor at the Photoion Photography School, took some amazing photos of our veterans at the Union Jack Club on 2 May 2014, just before they headed off on the veterans' trip to Holland. As you will see, the photos are truly stunning! To view the full set and to read Ion's account of the photo shoot, visit the photoion website. #netherlands2014 #outings

  • Return of the Liberators: Trip Itinerary

    On 2 May 2015, 80 volunteer London taxi drivers will drive 160+ WWII veterans and their carers to Arnhem to join the Dutch people in their Liberation of Holland 70 year celebrations. Here's an overview of the trip itinerary: Sat 2 May 2015 17:00 Depart Union Jack Club, London 21:00 Night ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland Sun 3 May 2015 08:00 Disembark ferry. Dutch National Police motor cycle escort to Arnhem 12:00 Lunch at Bronbeek Military Home & Museum 14:30 Concert at Hartenstein Airborne Museum, Osterbeek. Meet local Dutch people. 17:00 Check-in at hotel 19:30 Dinner and entertainment at hotel Mon 4 May 2015 11:00 British Military Service at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetary 12:30 Lunch and entertainment at National Liberation Museum, Groesbeek, with Canadian war veterans and students. 17:30 Early dinner at hotel 18:30 Group splits into three parties to attend Dutch Remembrance Services at Arnhem Town Hall, Oosterbeek Town Hall and Heteran Tues 5 May 2015 10:00 Arnhem veterans attend local Dutch service at The Airborne Memorial, Oosterbeek 15:00 All veterans attend Dutch Liberation Celebrations and Parade 18:30 Dinner and entertainment Weds 6 May 2015 10:00 Check-out and group photos 14:15 Ferry from Hook of Holland 15:00 Service and wreath laying at sea 17:30 Dinner on board 20:00 Arrival at Harwich #netherlands2015 #taxicharitynews

  • Fast Eddie's Blog: Liberators Diary - 2 May 2015 (Day 1)

    Hello again all of you wonderful people out there who helped our Taxi Charity to achieve our financial target and enabled us to take our veterans on this trip - The Return of the Liberators (1945 - 2015) - back to Holland to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. We gathered our veterans, their helpers and supporting volunteers (300 in total) together on Saturday 2 May 2015 from far and wide. Our 95 marvellous London taxi drivers (all volunteers) collected them from their homes, railway stations, hotels, etc and delivered them to the rendezvous point at Parkeston Railway Club in Harwich, Essex by 6pm. They all enjoyed hospitality at the club, where we fed, watered and entertained them. We carried out all the passport formalities and cabin allocations for the ship, until it was time to embark onto the ferry. We loaded 95 vehicles - London taxis, paramedic vehicles and a breakdown truck - and 300 people, and at 11:00pm we set sail for the Hook of Holland. We all enjoyed the hospitality of Stena Line, with everyone having sleeper cabins for the 8 hour journey across the North Sea. We arrived at 8:00am local time, with a hearty breakfast on board at 7:00am. #netherlands2015 #veteransnews

  • Fast Eddie's Blog: Liberators Diary - 3 May 2015 (Day 2)

    Refreshed and rested, we disembarked at 8:30am and formed a convoy on the quay. The Dutch national police then took charge of us, guiding and escorting the entire convoy to Arnhem. They closed off all the motorways for us - we were the only vehicles allowed on the road. Before we knew it, we were in Arnhem. The police were absolutely wonderful. Our thanks to them for all their help. We arrived at Bronbeek Military Veterans Home to be welcomed by Dutch VIPs, local mayors, the British ambassador, British military attaché and Dutch military officers. We all enjoyed their hospitality and then departed for the Hartenstein Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek. At the museum our veterans met up with Dutch children who had been taking part in the “Pen-Pals” project. Some of our veterans have been communicating with the children, relating their experiences in Holland and Europe during the period of hostilities in World War II. Entertainment was laid on during the afternoon and interviews with our veterans were carried out. At 5:00pm we departed for the Papendal Hotel where most of us were staying for the duration of the trip. Checking into the hotel has to be carried out like a military manoeuvre. Imagine 300 people with luggage arriving at once with 95 vehicles - it should be chaos, but with our past experience it went like clockwork. The veterans were beginning to feel the effects of a long day, so we got them speedily checked into their rooms. After a shower and a shave, they toddled down looking all spic and span, medals gleaming, ready for dinner and an evening’s entertainment. Following dinner, a Dutch choir entertained them singing all their favourite wartime songs. After a couple of drinks they all perked up. Looking around, you would never think they had just spent the last thirty one hours travelling across two countries and the North Sea. Remember - these veterans are all in their late eighties and early nineties. The sight of them made me feel proud to be British. And so to bed... #netherlands2015 #veteransnews

  • Fast Eddie's Blog: Collections Update

    Hello my taxi troopers. First many thanks, yet again, to our team of collectors. We had two great days at London Bridge on 9 April and at Euston on 14 April. The boys are just little money magnets with another £11,464 in the pot for the Holland trip. Great stuff, lads! Just two more collections to go: Bank station on 22 April and Blackfriars on 30 April. I will see you all there. To all you would-be donators out there, time flies so please don’t put it off any longer. You only have 15 days left to help the veterans on their way to Holland. Raid your piggy banks, get out your cheque books, have a look under the mattress, do something worthwhile that makes you feel good... GIVE! Thanks to the generous London taxi drivers, all unpaid, who are transporting our veterans group to Holland. The time is almost here. The drivers' meeting to get trip matters finalised is taking place at Millwall Football Club on Tuesday 21 April. So drivers - check your oil, pump up your tyres, we are on our way. Thank you all for a magnificent response. Be Lucky. I wish a safe journey to you all. #fasteddiesblog #collections #netherlands2015

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