The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers Spring Court Dinner – Drapers Hall

Thursday 10th March 2022

One of the relatively few events of my year so far that fell victim to Covid is the annual Magical Taxi Tour, where a convoy of Hackney Carriage Drivers take over 200 children with serious illnesses to Disneyland Paris for 3 days of fun. I had been so looking forward to witnessing “Le Grand Depart”, and was gutted that it had to be cancelled. However, I was most pleased to be able to accept the invitation of Mick Cullen, Master Hackney Carriage Driver, to their Spring Court Dinner at Drapers Hall. It was a hugely entertaining evening, in excellent company, and with the added bonus that PM Fiona Adler was present as Consort to Alderman Tim Hailes, the Principal Guest. Tim knows his audience, and his speech lambasting the traffic restrictions around Bank, and the impact on taxi drivers’ livelihoods and on the ability of City workers and residents to travel safely, was very well received – one member describing it as “awe-inspiring”!