Jackie takes a new driver

Jackie Stimpson, front left.
Jackie Stimpson, front left.

New Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Ladies captain Jackie Stimpson, from Milton Keynes, took to the first tee in a London taxi, with tap-dancers and a chorus of Singing in the Rain.

Jackie’s unique drive-in ruse was the work of her vice captain, Monkston based Debbie Pollard-Barn, and reflected Jackie’s upbringing as the daughter of London lass Doreen, now 92, and a love of tap dancing and theatre.

Jackie, who has lived in Milton Keynes Village for more than 30 years, was a mere toddler when the Austin taxi took to the streets of London in 1951. In that time, the city’s black cabs have clocked up enough miles to circumnavigate the world around ten times.

Over recent years, it’s been lovingly restored by John Bradley, whose wife Barbara is competitions secretary for the Ladies Section, and who owns the London Taxi Exports company based at Ridgemont.

Vice-captain Debbie, who is a former Ladies Captain of the Wavendon Golf Club said: “With her business and family commitments, two grandchildren, holidays, gardening and golf, Jackie leads a busy life – but always gets the job done.

“She’s a ‘people person’, a team player who will make a great captain.”

During her year in office at the Plantation Road club, “super gran” Jackie, who succeeds Nash based Rosie Hartnell as Ladies Captain, will be raising funds for Willen Hospice at golfing and social functions throughout the next 12 months.