The traditional Black London Cab is manufactured in Coventry by LTI. Sadly last month, the owners of LTI - Manganese Bronze went into administration and 99 jobs at the factory were cut.
Now there is a Facebook campaign set up by the Unite Union to try and save jobs at LTI. The Southampton Hackney Association are in full support of the Unite's efforts in campaigning for the remaining workers at Coventry to stay in employment, and would urge others to put comments on the 'Save our Black Cabs' Facebook page.
The Coventry Telegraph reporting on the job losses at LTI reports that:
"Workers axed by Coventry black cab manufacturer LTI joined union officials in Broadgate on Saturday to urge members of the public to sign an online petition.....Peter Coulson, regional officer for the Unite Union, said: 'We have been astonished by the amount of support that we have received from the general public."
The Save our Black Cabs Facebook page's aim is to encourage people to support the Unite campaign by signing their petition which asks the administrators to do everything possible to encourage any potential buyer to commit to the black cab continuing to be built in Coventry.
Join the campaign here at www.facebook.com/saveourblackcabs.
Read the article about "Black cab workers fight for Coventry jobs" at The Coventry Telegraph
With Halloween just around the corner, many people will be planning some spooky nights out over the next few weeks. Why not plan to use one of Southampton's white taxis to get you home safely?
You can hail a white Hackney taxi from the roadside in the city, or pick one up from one of the many taxi ranks:
Both sides of the Southampton train station - in Commercial Road side and on theToys R Us side
West Quay - Portland Terrace opposite main entrance to West Quay shopping centre
Portland Terrace, near bus stops by Asda
At the Bargate in High Street by A Plan Insurance
Town Quay outside Red Jet Terminal (IOW)
Terminus Terrace, near to Oxford Street
Above Bar Street, opposite Yates pub
Church Street in Shirley
Portswood High Street
Bitterne - Angel Crescent
Opposite Debenhams in Queensway
Leisureworld cinema entrance
Hannover Buildings outside Santander bank
Bannister Street outside Night Club (night time only)
St. Mary's Road outside British Gas offices (night time only)
London Road (night time only)
Look out for the white Southampton Hackney Carriage taxi after your Halloween party....our cabs won't turn into pumpkins at midnight ;o)!
It's the time of year for the Southampton Boat Show again! The show begins on the 14th September and runs to the 23rd of the month.
As well as hundreds of boats on show, there are opportunities to try out boating products, get out on the water, and meet some famous faces too!
Getting to the boat show couldn't be easier with the easy to spot White Southampton Taxis to meet you at the Train Station, and available to hail and ride throughout the whole of the city. Absolutely no need to pre-book!
Members of the SHA are currently working on trying to collate information from the archives in Southampton Council regarding the history of the taxi trade in the City going right back to the days of The Watch Committee that were in charge of the Hanson Cabs in the late 1800's.
Have you any information that might help us? Perhaps you are a member of a local history society with photos and information we could take a look at?
If you would like to contact our association / email@example.com with photos and information it really would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you :O)
This weekend all the Cunard Queen Ship's are in the port of Southampton - Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria. Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and 165 years of Cunard's maritime heritage.
On the 5th of June the three ships arrive at Southampton Docks between 5.30 and 6.15am.
There will be display by the Red Arrows at 6.20pm, and at 10.20 there will be a firework spectacular!
Finally at 11pm the Three Queens will make their way down the Solent. This will be a magnificent spectacle and one to recall for a lifetime.
Why not take a taxi from Southampton city centre to one of the many vantage points in the city and on the outskirts in Marchwood, Netley and Hythe?
Click on the map, which is courtesy of Southampton City Council for details of the best places to view the events.
Don't forget Mothers Day is on the 18th March! Why not treat your Mum to a meal or trip out?
The Southampton Hackney Association's member drivers have a range of vehicles from London taxi cabs to modern saloons, 7 seaters and also cabs with disabled facilities, to meet a wide array of requirements.
You can find a white taxi easily in and around Southampton, and can simply hail and ride a trip. Whether you want to take your Mum for a meal in a local restaurant, or to a pub in the New Forest, or even a trip up to London - taking a taxi means you can also enjoy the treat with a tipple or two!
For more information drop us a line or give us a call on 02380 659011
The Southampton Hackney Association - white taxi's on call all of the time, any time - find us in and around Southampton :O)
Have you visited The Royal Victoria Country Park?
Overlooking Southampton Water, this popular park provides ideal facilities for children and peace of mind for parents to enjoy a safe environment.
The relaxing and happy atmosphere is complemented by a calendar of events, exhibitions and walks.
In fact , this Sunday October 2nd the Boat Jumble is taking place and is well worth a visit.
Something else to look forward to is the Autumn Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Avenue on Saturday 8th October to get you in the mood for Halloween!
Why not take a taxi from Southampton City Centre to Netley for a treat you will remember?
Why not visit The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton?
On Sunday 2nd October 2011 a Charity Family Swimming event is taking place for the Wessex Cancer Trust
Aqualap is a team event for swimmers of ALL abilities and is a fun event not a race.
Teams of six, swim in relay as many laps of the Quays pool as they are able in their allocated 55 minutes.
All those swimming receive a certificate and a commemorative medal.
Sounds like a good opportunity to have a look and see what is happening!
Don't forget 16th September 2011 is the Public Preview Day at Southampton Boat Show
Our City holds the biggest water based boat show in Europe.
It has been held every September since 1969 in Mayflower Park, Southampton - that's 42 years!
It is one of the two major annual Boat Shows in the United Kingdom, alongside the London Boat Show Both are organised by National Boat Shows, which is a subsidiary of the British Marine Federation, the trade association for the UK boating industry.
Southampton always welcomes extra visitors.
Heritage Open Weekend - Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th September
Free admission to the Museum of Archaeology in Winkle Street and the Martime Museum in Bugle Street.
SoCo Music Festival - Saturday 10th September
Local talent - project to celebrate youth culture in Hoglands Park, near to Debenhams.
London to Southampton Charity Bike Ride - Sunday 11th September
In aid of The British Heart Foundation, celebrating their 50th Birthday - finishing in Hoglands Park.
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