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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Taxi trip marks 60th anniversary
Taxi convoy
The taxis make the journey from Glasgow to Troon each year
An annual outing which gives hundreds of sick children a day to remember is celebrating its 60th birthday.

Taxi drivers in Glasgow get together each year to take youngsters to the Ayrshire town of Troon.

About 180 vehicles took part in this year's convoy, carrying up to 600 children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or autism.

Many drivers decorated their cabs for the occasion and crowds lined parts of the route.

The convoy set off on Wednesday morning from Kelvin Way in Glasgow, where comedian Tony Roper chose the best-decorated taxi.

First outing

Strathclyde Police Pipe Band provided the music as the taxis took to the road, and also played for those who gathered in Troon.

A new playground for special needs children was officially opened when the convoy arrived in the Ayrshire town.

The first outing, organised by three Glasgow taxi drivers, took place in 1945.

At one stage the event was so popular among drivers that they had to be balloted for the 240 places on offer.

The numbers taking part have fallen since those days, but have been climbing again in recent years.

Make a difference

Their efforts are valued by the schools, parents and children involved.

Danny McGrorry, the head teacher of Richmond Park School, said the outing gave the youngsters something to talk about for weeks afterwards.

"The association should be commended for what they are doing because it is giving kids experiences that they would not be likely to get.

"It does make a difference and their generosity should be noted," he said.

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