WHAT MAKES A DAY TO REMEMBER? PEOPLE, FUN, FOOD AND GOOD PLANNING!
Secretary & Treasurer
Maldon Rep and Press Liaison
About the day:
9.30am London [Olympic] Stadium start
The journey begins with 100 taxis leaving from Stratford in London between 9.30 am and 10am with full police escort.
We have meeting points on the journey for the rest of the taxis to join us in the convoy. By the time we reach Romford, all the taxis are together in convoy, with the children and their parents/carers on board.
11am Mountnessing - The George and Dragon
We reach the George and Dragon pub in Mountnessing, Essex at around 11 am. This pub provides an hour’s rest period. This is for the children to go to the toilet or have special medical attention, as many of them need it at regular intervals. During this period the children and carers are provided with free drinks and snacks, which they collect from tables lined up outside the pub. There is also a photo opportunity for the children on the police bikes!
We leave the pub at 12 pm, in convoy, with the police escorting us on our journey to Maldon.
1.00pm Maldon High Street, Maldon
The journey takes us through Maldon town centre and all the shop fronts are dressed with balloons and banners to greet us.
The streets are lined with hundreds of people waving us on our way to Plume School. The town has always celebrated our visit and this makes the children feel extremely special.
1.15pm The Plume School, Maldon
We reach Plume Secondary School in Maldon at 1.15 pm. The Mayor of Maldon and all the school’s pupils line the street outside, to greet us as we enter the playgrounds to park up.
This school provides all the children, carers and taxi drivers with a two-course meal and the pupils also lay on their own music to provide the children with entertainment.
2.30pm Promenade Park, Maldon
We leave Plume School at 2.15 pm making our way to Maldon’s Promenade Park.
We arrive at Maldon’s Promenade Park at 2.30 pm, where volunteer stewards guide us through the gate to park up on the field.
We stay on the field for the rest of the afternoon. During this time we have lots of entertainment going on. This includes face painting, model balloons, ‘Mr Happy’, falcon bird photo opportunity, police dog display, raffles and the Best Dressed Taxi award. We also have a DJ on the field so that the children can have a little boogie. There is free tea/coffee, cold drinks, sweets/crisps for everyone involved in the day plus McDonalds bring more food late afternoon!
From 5pm Event finish
The event finishes by 6.30 pm but dependant on children’s needs cabs will leave from 5pm onwards. The taxis all take the children back to their schools/homes.
I am sure you will agree with us that this event is a fantastic day, makes the children feel very special and gives them a day to remember!