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|Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:50 pm Post subject: Fares Please
|London's longest serving black cab driver has been honoured with an award after 70 years of service.
Alfred Collins, aged 92, was given the award from Transport for London at a specially organised ceremony at the Public Carriage Office.
Mr Collins, from Colindale in north west London, drove his first passenger in 1937 and his last a few years ago.
Some of his most famous fares have included Margaret Thatcher, Joan Collins and Bruce Forsyth.
The father of two said: "Life is all about communication and I have enjoyed sharing my vast experience of life as well as learning a lot with some of my passengers.
"I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life."
He added: "It has been a great privilege to serve the people of London.
"It really does not seem that nearly 70 years has passed by. I have had the pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life, politicians, celebrities and the great British public".
David Brown from TfL said: "We are proud of the invaluable contribution he has made to Londoners and visitors alike who value the black taxi as an iconic landmark."
Mr Collins said the secret to a long life was not to worry and always take a little exercise.