End of the road for my life in a taxi

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION YOUR LETTERS -

NEARLY 19 years ago in a very wet Fe­bru­ary, I be­gan life with Gil­berts Taxis.

My wife trav­elled with Gil­berts to and from Grove Farm where she worked, from our home in Che­sham. The mud of the farm gave me that job im­me­di­ately.

Through the years I have learned dozens of ways to get to our air­ports but ini­tially I spent more time in Lon­don than Che­sham, usu­ally with parcels rather than peo­ple.

No com­put­ers nor sat navs in those times but I was bril­liant at ge­og­ra­phy and map read­ing and got on fa­mously with a lot of very pleas­ant and in­ter­est­ing cus­tomers.

The school­child­ren from five to 17 along the way, were both good and un­for­tu­nate.

The lat­ter didn’t last too long in my car. Proud of my fam­ily of three kids, I had rules that even some adults hadn’t heard of (not al­lowed those now though, I think it was called dis­ci­pline).

Most of the pas­sen­gers that got to know me un­der­stood that I never stopped talk­ing.

They weren’t lis­ten­ing and only woke up to tell me when I had made a wrong turn or had stopped at Waitrose and not Sains­bury’s.

The Gil­bert of­fice mem­bers all know how good I am with these new de­vices – com­put­ers.

“Don’t you want to re­tire?” was heard fre­quently. I have been lucky to meet many nice peo­ple, most with fam­i­lies and many who were ex­tremely gen­er­ous.

I have worked with some great col­leagues at Gil­berts and also many with other com­pa­nies all of whom I shall miss.

Lastly, my thanks to the Gil­bert fam­ily who have tried not to no­tice my age, my ex­cuses and my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of time. I have en­joyed all of my days with you all and wish you all suc­cess and good for­tune, thank you all.

TONY WALKER Che­sham

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