A TAXI driver is doing his bit to remember the fallen by turning his car into an eye-catching memorial tribute.
Darren Ferguson has been a cabbie for 24 years, and came up with the idea of doing something to show his respects around the D-Day commemorations earlier this summer.
Dad-of-three Darren, 47, admits he was annoyed at the lack of events around Hartlepool on the D-Day anniversary, so he got permission from his bosses at 23 Taxis and the council and set about doing something himself.
Darren, from the Rift House area, has strong military connections with his granddad, Alfie Ferguson, losing an arm in the Second World War.
His dad Nicholas, who turns 70 later this year, spent 41 years with the Royal Engineers and was given an MBE in 2003 in recogntion of his service, while his younger brother Leigh, 40, retired after a tour of Afghanistan last October and is now a Major with the Army Cadets across Teesside.
Darren said; “I just thought it was wrong that nothing was really organised properly in Hartlepool to mark such a big occasion.
“I had thought about it for a while, and I’m pleased I’ve done it. It cost me a couple of hundred quid to have it all designed and put onto the car, but it’s worth it.
“It’s just my way of showing my respects, not just to the war dead but to everyone who has bene affected by the conflicts.”
Darren has had a Union flag put onto the roof and bonnet of his car, while there is a also a silhouette of a soldier and poppies around the rest of the vehicle.
He added: “It’s something I’m very passionate about, and the car will stay like this until I get rid of it. I’ve no intentions of taking them off.
“I’ve had agreat reaction from it, especially from the ex-forces who I pick up. They all think it’s great.”
l Mail view: Page 8