The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour was created to give sick children a break from their world of treatment and therapy by going on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris in a convoy of London taxis.The weekend of 12-14th September saw the 21st running of the trip and the third year in succession when I have had the honour to drive the taxi sponsored by the Turners. I was privileged to take 6 year old Kasera, who had just completed two weeks of radiotherapy two days before, her sister Tasnim and their mother Shahana Ali; a delightful and incredibly brave family, whose positive approach to what they face was an inspiration to me and very humbling.
On a beautifully sunny Sunday morning on October 5th I exercised my right as a Freeman of the City of London and drove a flock of sheep across London Bridge.
There are as many theories and legends about the right to drive sheep over London Bridge as there are livery companies. Perhaps the most likely is that Freemen were allowed to drive sheep to market In the City across the bridge without paying onerous wool taxes on their flock.
Read more about why the Woolmen still drive sheep..
I do hope that Freemen and Liverymen of the Turners Company will consider taking part in 2015. It's a memorable family day out. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.