Meet Pat Carter, hostess of the Warwick
Avenue cab shelter and now a celebrity chef of media and TV‘s
Ready, Steady, Cook fame!
Pat was first featured across a centre page spread of a daily newspaper and soon offered a guest slot alongside master chef Ainsley Harriott in BBC TV’s weekday afternoon cooking programme, demonstrating the culinary skills that keeps her many taxi driver regulars - including numerous Dial-a-Cab patrons - well fed at her Little Venice cab bijou.
Pat told Call Sign she has been running the shelter for over 17 years, providing sustenance for hungry cab drivers while serving takeaway orders for those in a hurry from the open hatch at the kitchen end of the green hut.
"On the day of filming, I travelled to Wandsworth where the studio is and waited in the hospitality area known as the Green Room. I thought that was most appropriate as, of course, the shelter is green too," she said laughing!
CAB SHELTER’S CELEBRITY CHEF!
Pat Carter in the kitchen of her Warwick Avenue shelter. DaC driver Martin Freeborn (C67) in the background is one of many DaC drivers that use the shelter. Inset pic: Ainsley Harriott
"Then we met Ainsley who was really friendly and, just like old
mates, he helped calm my nerves. My daughter Julie and
granddaughter Kaly joined me for the show and we all had a great
time. Many of my regulars told me they watched the show and saw
me on the telly when it was broadcast on 25 March," she
The shelter itself is an historic building, dating back to the 1890s and is one of the few remaining
huts still dotted about London where cab drivers can stop for a
meal, leaving their cabs safely parked in the dedicated spaces
adjacent to the shelter and away from the prying enforcement
camera’s gaze or over zealous wardens!
The cab shelter is situated by Warwick Avenue tube station and open from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
© Call Sign Magazine MM8
JIM’S CAMERA CATCHES THE RED ARROWS!
recent 90th anniversary celebration of the founding of the RAF
saw an amazing flypast over the RAF memorial on Queen Victoria
Embankment and the many military dignitaries who were standing
at attention. There for Call Sign, was
Dial-a-Cab’s Jim Rainbird (T25) and his trustee camera.
"It was such a memorable sight," said Jim, "and believe me that seeing the Red Arrows/RAF Typhoons on TV doesn’t hold a candle to seeing them live. It was just mesmerising…"
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