|Words by Ken Crawford (B40)
As the sun rose over London on the 15th October, they came, from
Royal Marsden, Royal London, Great Ormond Street, Chase, Sherwood Park and
St Bartholomew's in Metro's, TX1's and Fairways all converging on Canary
Wharf tower at Cabot Square. So started the Company of Hackney Carriage
Drivers 1999 Children's Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris. My 'family'
consisted of Keeron, Oliver, Becca (our nurse) from the Royal London and
DAC ON THE WAGONTRAIN TO CHEYENNE
| by one of Dial-A-Cab's corporate clients
who supplied us with tee-shirts and who then invited special guest Michael
Barrymore to have breakfast with us. Michael had his photograph taken with
the children (and quite a few of the nurses) but I'm not sure he had much
The Lord Mayor of London, Lord Levine of Portsoken, joined us for breakfast together with the Master of the Company, Malcolm Linskey and a representative of Canary Wharf before waving us goodbye.
With all of our goody bags collected (containing camera, colouring book and games, lunch bags and for drivers, a free copy of John McLaren's new novel 'Black Cabs' which incidentally gives DaC a mention) we boarded our vehicles and the Wagontrain of 101 vehicles started to roll at 8.45am.
Le Voyage et Commence
|various buildings named after well known
figures from the American old west. We stayed in the 'Wyatt Earp' bedroom
block, ate at the Chuck Wagon Café and played games in the Nevada video
room. The children having gone to bed, we drivers sought refuge in the Red
Garter saloon and sang along with a country and western group! But no Miss
At breakfast, several Disney characters wandered round talking to the children. Many of the boys were challenged by Goofy to a fast-draw competition and somehow Goofy managed to lose every time! We then took the shuttle bus to Disneyland.
All of the rides were greatly enjoyed although a hiccup on Space Mountain with my 'family' aboard resulted in the shuttle stopping halfway up!
Mosey Along Down To The Rio Grande
| 'wagons' to start our return journey.
Again, the CRS handed control over to our Gendarme chums who assisted us to arrive in Calais on time to board the ferry and commence the homeward journey.
At Dover we said goodbye to the Sherwood Park group and the rest of us, once again helped by the Kent County Constabulary, sped to-wards the Blackwall Tunnel where the Wagontrain split up to make their various ways home.
Thanks are due to many 'Dream Teams' the Disney committee which
includes our own Russell Poluck (T55) and Jim Rainbird (T25), the
guys that go 'all the way' Chief Superintendent Keith Mahony, Inspector
David Rowland, Sergeant Phil Scott, PC's Roger Brooks, Robert Summelin,
Michael Shaddock, Paul Parkinson, and Laurence Cohen. The Kent County
Constabulary. The Gendarme squad. The CRS lads Oliver Landry, Joffrey
Favquemberge, Pascal Concil and Juan Martinez. The nurses and Doctors, AA
crews, London Ambulance Crews and of course the drivers, who this year
included Terry Bezant (W87), Tony Boon (P29), Patrick Hinchion (R61),
Stan 'Gasman' Roth (Y53) and our marathon man John Dixon (B67). My
apologies to any DaC drivers I may have omitted.
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