22nd 2005f February, 2005

Sign of the Times

Posted by Kim in General at 1:48 pm | Permanent Link

For more than 50 years the taxi drivers of Manchester have got
together one day a year to take hundreds of disabled children on
a special trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The event started in 1949 when a cabbie showed some blind
passengers around Manchester. One year the convoy stretched
over 100 taxis carrying over 200 children.

Sadly due to rising insurance costs, increasing red tape and a lack
of drivers willing to volunteer their time, the charity organisers
have little choice but to cancel the event.

Another piece of community spirit bites the dust.

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