December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Taxi drivers paid their respects to a colleague by taking part in a procession of black cabs from his home in Hethersett to his funeral at Earlham crematorium in Norwich yesterday.
Between 40 and 50 cabs joined the funeral cortege in memory of Robert Harper, who was known to his friends as Bob.
Mr Harper, who suddenly died aged 60, was a taxi driver in Norwich for about 35 years and ‘Taxi Call’, the company for black cabs, wanted to show its respects in a very personal way by organising the parade.
Mr Harper started out as a private hire night shift driver working for companies such as Bestway, Loyal & 5 Star Taxis before moving into his own black hackney cab as a day driver.
He was based at Norwich train station and also had a local school contact.
His son Steve said he was a true family man who also loved his job. He said: “He loved the camaraderie and banter with his colleagues and led a very social life, mostly with his workmates.
“They attended things such as the Norwich beer festival, England football matches at Wembley stadium and Norwich City football matches home and away.
“He had just rekindled his love for golf, which he also played with his workmates and was very proud of his score, even though the ball occasionally ended up in the trees.”
The family would like thank all of the taxis that attended the parade.
Mr Harper’s son Steve said: “It was a lovely gesture and he would have been moved and proud of you all. It’s something we will always remember.”