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If you spotted some Stormtroopers (UK Garrison), Mickey and Minnie Mouse (Mingo's Mascots), some Furry Tail Folk, Clown Jolly Jack and some Animal Fu characters whilst shopping in Sainsbury's (Low Hall), Chingford, on the morning of Wednesday 12th July 2017 you were not hallucinating, they were there to greet 300 very deserving children being taken to Southend-on-Sea for the day in a convoy of over 100 balloon decorated London licensed taxis and this could only mean one thing, it was the day of the LTFUC's legendary annual outing! We thank all the wonderful characters for coming.



It was great meeting Mickey & Minnie


We were also pleased to welcome the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Yemisi Osho, accompanied by her Support Officer Stephen Myhill, and also Howard Reed, Master of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, alias Wire Workers, and the Upper Warden Peter Wilkinson and we thank them all for giving up their valuable time to be with us.  We extend grateful thanks to the management and staff of Sainsbury's (Low Hall) for the use of their car park and for the lovely breakfast provided and also thank them for the water, Lego stickers and their helpers.



Love the furry tail folk

Making friends with the Furry Tail Folk

Under arrest

You're under arrest!

Once everyone had breakfast and the taxis had been decorated, the children and helpers were allocated to each cab and at 9.30am the very long convoy departed with horns blaring and lights flashing! We thank the following Police units for helping us out at the start, Valley Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Larkswood Safer Neighbourhoods, Hale End & Higham Park Safer Neighbourhoods, Hatch Lane Safer Neighbourhoods, Safer Transport team (Waltham Forest) and traffic units based at Chadwell Heath Traffic Garage.  We also extend grateful thanks to the Green Flag (Kavanagh Motors) and the Red Cross for joining us all day and also thank Ears Communications for the loan of their radios.




All ready for the off !


The weather in Chingford first thing in the morning was very dull, but we were very pleased to arrive at a sunny Southend as we paraded along the sea front.  On arrival at the Cliffs Pavilion the children were greeted with music blaring by the Furry Tail Folks, Snow White (Sarah), Salvo the Clown and clown Jolly Jack.  After a hastily consumed lunch, the children and drivers were ferried down to Adventure Island in transport from Chariot Coaches and a mini bus provided by Brian Houssart, MBE of the Southend Taxi Drivers Charity for Children and we thank them all for their help and support and also thank Southend Council for the use of the Shorefield Road Car Park.


Outside the Cliffs Pavilion

The Furry Tail Folk, Salvo the Clown and Clown Jolly Jack greet the excited children


I loved meeting the Furry Tail Folk 


On looking round Adventure Island it was great to see all the children having so much fun, their faces covered in ice cream, candy floss and donuts for which vouchers had been supplied and we thank the management and staff at Adventure Island for all their help and support.  The tired and weary but happy drivers and children returned to the Cliffs Pavilion for tea and a disco at 4.30pm and those who had any strength left took to the dance floor, namely the children! We were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans and her escort Mr Ian Johnson MBE and we thank them for joining us.




We love ice cream and iced drinks !


Adventure Island

We love Adventure Island


After tea the Fund's Honorary Chairman, Michael Son, BEM, welcomed and thanked everyone for coming and it was now presentation time by the Mayor.  First prize for the best dressed cab went to Steve Pulham, Taxi No. 10, and is helper Kay Molineux and he received the Terry Stapleton Rose Bowl, plus a full engine service and MOT, or £150 cash and we thank Stanway Engineering Ltd, Chingford, for sponsoring this prize.  Second prize for best dressed taxi went to Niki Hunte, Taxi No. 60 and he received a shield.  The third prize which was a 'lucky dip' went to driver Jason Clauson and he received premium membership for a year of the Waldorf Hilton Hotel and we thank them for the prize.The disco recommenced with many children rushing onto the floor and we must thank Dave Davies and his team for doing an excellent job, as well as the Furry Tail Folk, Clown Jolly Jack and Snow White who were on stage leading the children.  Lots of children were having their faces painted in the foyer and here we must thank Jacqueline Walsh of 'A Wacky Jackie' and Jackie Tomlinson for their expertise face painting and Jacqueline's son Jake for doing balloons.  We also thank Southend's wonderful Salvo the Clown for doing so many balloons for the children.



The Mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans and her escort Mr Ian Johnson MBE join us for tea


The disco ended at 6pm with a giant conga which led the children off the dance floor into the foyer where a stick of rock was handed to each child on departure.  Once again we thank Paul Van Looy for this wonderful donation and Paul Thompson for supplying the rocks.  We also thank the anonymous donor who covered the cost of the diesel for all the drivers. Thanks go to the management and staff at the Cliffs Pavilion for their help and support.



Love our Southend rocks

Can't wait to eat our Southend rock !


Oh no the fun was not over yet, as can be seen in the following link.   As the convoy left Southend, all the cabs were hosed down by the Leigh-on-Sea Fire Service much to the delight of the screaming ecstatic children and we thank Dean Riley and the crew most sincerely for this wonderful gesture.  Sincere apologies to all those who got a soaking - hilarious!



Every year we receive numerous letters of thanks and below is just one we received following the outing: "Please could you pass on our sincerest thanks and gratitude to absolutely everyone involved in yesterday's wonderful experience.  The organisation and friendliness of everyone involved was outstanding.  Our children had a fantastic time and the staff did too.  All the cab drivers we met were fantastic people and we cannot praise them enough for their generosity and friendliness.  We deal with a small group of very vulnerable pupils who people usually find difficult to like because of their severe behaviour issues, so for them yesterday was a wonderful opportunity to have fun and succeed.  They were truly grateful for the opportunity and repeatedly during the day kept saying thank you.  All the drivers were brilliant that we met, but the cab I was in was driven by Roy (Cab 4), it was his first time and he was brilliant, a really kind and thoughtful person who was fantastic with the children.  Thank you all once again." - (Marian Mann, Barking)


The Hon. Chairman and Committee would like to thank most sincerely all the wonderful drivers, helpers, sponsors and entertainers for making this outing possible and such a great success.  It was really great to see so many new drivers joining us and we look forward to you coming again.  The children had a most wonderful day and without you all it just would not have been possible.  We also thank ITV Anglia and the press and media for covering the outing and Alex of AP Productions for the video.


A collage of fun photos

Thank you from all the smiling children


On a sad note, it would be wrong not to mention the loss of our late Hon. President, Bill Tyzack, BEM, who passed away earlier in the year and we send sincere condolences to his wife Grace and all the family.  Bill taught us all a lot and will always be remembered with great affection.


We are thrilled to announce that next year we will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the charity and hope to be arranging some special events, one being a dinner dance in June which we hope you will attend.


Raymond Levy

(Press Officer)


(Many photos taken on the day can now be seen in the photo gallery on our website)