Taxi drivers pride themselves on getting their passengers where they need to be and on time.
But one West Belfast driver has been hailed the city’s number one after he went above and beyond his call of duty to ensure one young girl’s trip to Northern Ireland ran smoothly.
The English youngster left her prized bunny at a family friend’s Newtownards home on the way to a wedding with her mum and grandmother in Belfast.
And the absence of the beloved comforter threatened to put a huge dampener on a memorable day out - that is until the hero cabbie, ‘David’, intervened.
He volunteered to head back to rescue the bunny, before presenting a delighted Amelia with a brilliant memento of her furry friend’s journey.
Amelia’s gran, Becky Packer, told Belfast Live: “Myself, my daughter and my granddaughter were over from Stockport for a wedding.
“We arrived on Tuesday for the wedding on Wednesday afternoon, then straight home afterwards.
“It was to our horror we discovered my four-year-old granddaughter had left her much-loved bunny at my friend’s house as we were on our way to the wedding. It was much too late to turn, given the traffic and the distance.
“We also knew Amelia wouldn’t settle without her bunny and it would be a real issue. We were discussing all of this in the car and it was decided I would return to the house during the wedding and return with the bunny.
“Then the taxi driver piped up that it was daft for me to miss the wedding having travelled over from England.”
He promptly headed back to Newtownards on the special rescue mission. And having handed over the prized cargo, he had another surprise lined up for the delighted youngster.
Becky added: “He turned up with the rabbit and I met him outside the reception. When he handed it over he said ‘I’ll send you some pictures for Amelia’.
“I didn’t really think anything of it at the time then as we got to the airport the pictures he’d taken of the bunny’s journey came through. There were five photographs and a commentary. It was brilliant. We are so grateful, he demonstrated just how wonderful human nature is.”