Jun 9 2010 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Smiles all round at Coatbridge and Airdrie taxi outing
THE annual Coatbridge and Airdrie Taxi Drivers’ outing for kids with special needs rolled through the streets of Monklands before descending on Drumpellier Park for a fun-filled afternoon of activities.
The outing is now in its 30th year and around 50 taxi drivers gave up their time to ensure the youngsters had a fantastic day.
Jim Clark, Davie Clark and Paddy McGuire are the main driving force behind the organisation of the event, Jim said: “It’s been going for 30 years and I’ve been involved for the last 10 years, just to see the weans’ faces is great.
“We begin to organise it about two months in advance and its almost constant, every week there’s something to be done.”
Julie Strachan and Marlene Stewart from Airdrie were accompanying kids from Drumpark School, Julie said: “The organisation is fantastic, the kids all appreciate it every year.”
Marlene added: “It’s been fantastic, great fun and the kids are happy to be away from school and lessons today.”
Taxi driver Jim Meechan who is on the verge of retiring was presented with a special award for his dedication to the event over the years, he said: “I’ve been doing it for 30 years and it’s just great to see all these happy wee faces.”
ASDA, Morton’s Rolls, Tunnocks and Barr’s Soft Drinks all donated food, sweets and drinks for the day and the open-top Barr’s Irn Bru bus was also on hand to ferry the kids to the park. Johnny Mac from Morton’s Rolls was delighted his company could help the youngsters, he said: “The taxi outing was one of the first things we got involved in, we sponsor local sports teams but this is so much more gratifying.”
Best dressed taxi was won by Mark McAleer for his Minnie Mouse cab and Scott Rae from the West End Bar received the shield for the business raising most money with £475 collected.