Edinburgh Taxi Outing 2016
Every year on the second Tuesday in June, Edinburgh’s taxi drivers take time off to treat some very special children to a day at the seaside for the Edinburgh Taxi Trade Kids Outing. The event is still going strong and is celebrating its 70th year.
All the taxis usually leave from Murrayfield at around 10am. This year they are congregating at Edinburgh Zoo Car Park. They will then make their way down the Royal Mile, along London Road, through Portobello and arriving in Musselburgh at around 11.30am.
From there the taxis head out along the coast road, through Cockenzie, Port Seton and Gullane, and finally ending up at Dirleton where they enjoy the rest of their day.
Drivers go to incredible efforts to dress up their taxis with whatever they can get their hands on. In recent years we’ve had Postman Pat, Shrek, a Bi-Plane and even a Cow and Elephant. Last years winner of the ‘Best Dressed Taxi Award’ had a Toy Story themed taxi, Woody was the driver of a Mr Potato head designed taxi. It’s humbling the amount of effort everyone puts into the event but it’s clear why they do it when you see the faces of the kids who attend.
If you are lucky enough to see the police escorted parade then be sure to keep your distance, drivers, children and parents are usually armed with water pistols and water balloons.