In my opening column of this year, I offered the following sentiment: I hope your 2021 is filled with good health and happiness, and brighter times lie ahead.

Well, what a year it has been. How to sum it up?

From that grim opening quarter of the year, when the lockdown was extended and extended. 

To the start of the vaccine rollout and everything slowly opening up again. 
Then the return of holidays, big family get togethers and major events to attend. 

Including the EUROS in the summer which provided the usual cocktail of emotions supporting Scotland

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An autumn when things both seemed back to normal yet even more crazy at the same time – like the crazy scenes of people queueing for petrol and inadvertently creating a shortage that didn’t previously exist.

Or the crazy scenes of the Scotland team winning six games in a row!

Then along came COP26 … which brought an international brand of craziness to our city, as we enjoyed being home to the meeting held to save the planet. 

While that was unfolding, Covid had a Plan C with Omicron rearing its ugly head to help us finish off a year like no other right where we started. 

All through this, there hasn’t been a second when there hasn’t been a Glasgow Taxi on the road. 

It’s not always been easy – we still need more drivers – but for 365 days of this year we have been soldiering on regardless.

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So it’s only right at the end of the year to doff my cap and say thanks to everyone who helps make that happen. 

Not just my fellow drivers, though they top the list, but also the office staff, call handlers and marshalls who help ensure Glasgow Taxis can keep ticking over 24/7.

And of course, a big thanks to all the customers who have stuck with us through … thick and thin and thinner. 

Which leaves me with just one thing left to say to all reading this column: 
I hope your 2022 is filled with good health and happiness, and brighter times lie ahead.

Happy Hogmanay and Happy New Year when it comes. 

Stay safe.