04 Feb 2019
Two Glasgow taxi drivers came to the rescue of Strictly Come Dancing star Graziano Di Prima when the popular dancer had his mobile phone stolen ahead of three sell-out shows in the city.
Cabbies Willie Patterson and Greg McFarlane showed they had all “The Knowledge” of Glasgow’s streets when they helped Graziano recover his phone in the east end of the city, minutes after it was taken from him in the city centre.
The 24-year-old Italian – who had been enjoying some downtime with fellow dancers Johannes Radebe and Aljaz Skorjanec – was described as being “ecstatic” following the recovery and the trio hailed the dynamic duo in a series of messages over the weekend.
Greg, a Glasgow taxi driver for 38 years, explains: “I was flagged down by the three guys who were a bit hesitant at first and said they didn’t know where they were going. I knew their faces but couldn’t place them.
“They explained they had lost their phone but could track it – when I saw it was moving I knew exactly where in the city it was and as I went up the street where it was located I saw Willie, my friend, straight away.”
When good pals Greg and Willie very quickly realised what had happened they both teamed up to help the Strictly stars locate and retrieve the phone – their intricate knowledge of Glasgow’s streets proving a tremendous advantage.
Willie Patterson, Glasgow Taxis Ltd driver, continued the story: “I had picked up a fare and clicked straight away that there was something odd about his behaviour. After I dropped him off, I met Greg and it all fell into place.”
The pair tracked down the individual who had taken the phone, getting Graziano to ring it while they did and it was quickly handed back over. The Strictly favourite said he didn’t want to call the police but each driver received a tip and some photos as a reminder of the unique fare.
A later tweet from the stars alluded to the pair as “superheroes” and “bros” while texts exchanged included the message: “Thank you so much dear for what you have done”.
Stephen Flynn, Chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: “This is what we do! While this story in itself is a complete one-off, these types of acts of kindness and going the extra mile do take place on a more regular basis than many would realise – we are much more than A to B, we are the city’s friend.
“I’d like to sincerely thank both drivers for helping turnaround the experience of Graziano and his Strictly friends and using all their Knowledge to ensure this particular story had a happy ending.”
Glasgow Taxis Ltd is the largest licensed taxi company in the UK outside London and all the fully trained and vetted drivers require to undertake a stringent “Knowledge” test of the city’s streets before being granted a license.
For more information visit www.glasgowtaxis.co.uk