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Red tape halts seaside outings
Sir Jimmy Savile
Sir Jimmy Savile: The cabbies faced too many restrictions
Child protection laws and red tape have ended more than 50 years of trips to the seaside for Manchester's children.

The city's taxi drivers are ending their annual day trip to Blackpool for the city's disadvantaged youngsters.

The balloon festooned cavalcade began in 1949 when a cabbie was asked to show blind passengers around Manchester.

But a lack of support, child protection checks and health and safety rules have forced organisers of the annual ride to wind up their charity.

At its height the convoy of taxis attracted more than 100 cabs carrying 200 plus children and attracted a great deal of attention as it headed to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Safety rules

A lack of interest from younger drivers has been compounded by safety regulations.

Every mode of transport a child uses needs a risk assessment done on it and each adult accompanying a child has to undergo child protection vetting.

Each child also needs an adult to accompany it.

"There's that many restrictions that the poor cabbies - God bless 'em - they said 'Look, enough is enough we'll have to knock it on the head'", said Sir Jimmy Saville, patron of The Manchester Taxi Drivers Organisation for Handicapped Children.

"This year they knocked it on the head and nothing lasts for ever."




SEE ALSO:
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