A wonderful Second World War Veterans send-off from the Union Jack Club on 2nd of May 2014

A wonderful Second WW send-off from the Union Jack Club on 2nd of May 2014 afternoon departing London en route to Holland.

Every year all the Second World War veterans are enrolled in a Veterans Road Trip to Holland which consists of a convoy of about 80 London Black Cabs. Out Senior tutor Ion Paciu is telling us a few words about this important event which he has been witnessing ever year since 2011:

“We’ve been working with the Union Jack Club for about 4 years now and I have been granted the huge honour to photograph the Second World War veterans “send off” to Holland every year. The more I take part in this event the more I feel like I travel in time. The Second World War veterans are set off in a convoy of black cabs from the UK to the Netherlands every year and I feel privileged to witness and document this event with my camera, and not only.

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Second World War Veterans Cab Leaving Portrait at the Union Jack Club London

The veterans are set off  in a convoy of about 80 black cabs to Netherlands where they will be guests of honour during the country’s national liberation day celebrations on 5 May. The veterans who are participating are aged between 85 and 94 and every time I take part in this send off I realise that this may be their final chance to meet up with their Dutch comrades and celebrate the union between British and Dutch armed forces which was a very important historic event and which led to the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. While waiting for the cabs to arrive and departure preparations the veterans are sharing their stories with me and other  members of the club. Such a pleasure to listen to their stories.

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Second World War Veterans leaving the Union Jack Club in London

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Second World War Veterans getting on to the Black Cabs form the Union Jack Club in London