Seaside joy for children and older groups from Mansfield during recent Skegness visit

Some of the generous taxi drivers.
Some of the generous taxi drivers.

Hundreds of children and older groups enjoyed a trip to the seaside when drivers from the 6Five2 Nottinghamshire based taxi firm rolled into Skegness last week for their annual journey to the coast.

Over 600 people from the Mansfield area are thought to have visited the town on Tuesday, July 30, as swathes of mini buses, coaches and over 50 cabs descended on the Tower Esplanade car park.

Groups of young families, children visiting the seaside for the first time and care home groups old and young took in the sights - and were treated to some glorious weather on the day.

The day is made possible by the generosity of the taxi firm, who provide free transport for the day, and Mansfield and Skegness businesses such as Skegness’s Simpsons Traditional Fish and Chips, Flippers Restaurant, Chris Epton Donkey rides, the road train, Simon and Danny Wall’s ice cream and the Original Crazy Golf.

The taxi fun run is now in its fifth year and gives people who might not normally be able to enjoy a traditional summer’s day outing, a trip to the seaside.

Graham Cann, driver for the 6Five2 taxi firm and fifth time taxi fun run veteran, said: “The driver’s don’t do it for any financial gain.

“It’s great to see kids that have never been to the seaside having a good time and that makes it all worthwhile.”

The convoy left Mansfield at 9am with a police escort out of Mansfield.

Mansfield Town FC’s ‘in the community group’ organised football and games on the beach and the group enjoyed a full day on the coast with free children’s fish and chips and ice cream on offer, as well as donkey rides, goodie bags, crazy golf, road train rides and a stick of commemorative 6Five2 rock.

The firm will make the trip at a similar time next year.