To spread the word about the event, cab drivers across the city will be handing out thousands of stickers to their passengers, backing the UK Armed Forces Day and bringing visitors and residents to the UK annual event. Some of the cabbies who will be spreading the word about the parade are armed forces veterans themselves.
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, Charles and Camilla will be showing their support by attending the event. The Red Arrows will also be showcasing their spectacular aerobatic air display.
Royal Scots veteran Neil McCulloch and his dad, Bob McCulloch from Fairmilehead, have pushed for all taxi firms in the city to promote the weekend.
“Neil came into the cabs after leaving the 1st Battalion the Royal Scots army, which he served for 7 years” said Bob McCulloch, who has been a taxi driver since 1979.
Both the McCulloch’s have been members of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers in London since 2005 and take children with life-threatening illnesses to Disneyland Paris each year.
“When the company heard about the Armed Forces Day they asked Neil and I to pitch the idea to all the taxi companies. There’s been a great response since we’ve been handing out stickers to everyone” said Bob McCulloch.
Neil McCulloch said “Armed Forces Day is just a wee bit of appreciation for the job you do. There’ll be a sense of pride on the day and the event means a lot to service women, men and veterans”.
“It’s great to hear that our cabbies and drivers with private hire insurance are supporting the National Armed Forces day” said Edinburgh Lord Provost George Grubb.
He added “I urge everyone to come along to support our service personnel and enjoy a fantastic weekend”.
Every year, the weekend is a great opportunity to bring veterans together as many lose touch after they leave the forces and also to celebrate the work of armed forces.