For 30 years, Christine Gibson ordered a cab from Central Taxis every Saturday morning to take her for her hair appointment, always tipping her driver with a pound and a chocolate from her purse.
But drivers and staff at Central had other plans, laying out flowers, champagne, a cake and a tour of their HQ for their favorite customer. Instead of ordering a cab, Mrs Gibson even got to don a headset and dispatch some taxis herself.
“I was really quite gobsmacked,” Gibson said. “I didn’t think so many people liked me. I’ve never liked to draw attention to myself really. I feel lucky that I’ve got to that age. I’ve had a good life. It was a very happy day.“
Central Taxis boss Tony Kenmuir said staff at the firm enjoyed the day as much as Mrs Gibson, who has lost none of her sharp wit despite her 100 years.