Memorial bench for Forest Gate cabbie to be unveiled by taxi rank

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 January 2016

Mohan 'Jimmy' Singh worked as a cabbie for more than 40 years.

Mohan 'Jimmy' Singh worked as a cabbie for more than 40 years.

Nimmi Singh

A commemorative bench is to be unveiled in Stratford in honour of a man thought to be the first Sikh black cab driver.

Mohan “Jimmy” Singh died in June last year, aged 67, at his Forest Gate home after working as a black cab driver for more than 40 years.

Now daughter, Nimmi Kaur, 47, has arranged for a bench to be installed and dedicated to him next to a taxi rank he used for many years in Broadway, Stratford.

“I wanted to do something to commemorate his life. His whole life had been cabbing,’ she said. “Driving his taxi kept my Dad going. I used to say that’s your second home.”

Mr Singh was born in Punjab, India (later becoming Pakistan) in 1947. He came to the UK as a young boy with his family after Indian independence in August 1947.

His family believe he was the first Sikh black cab driver to hold a Hackney carriage licence which he gained in 1974.

The date for the unveiling of the bench, complete with taxi shaped plaque, is yet to be confirmed.

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