Youngsters at Gaywood Community Primary School were the first to try out new Lynn business Partycab, a traditional cab fitted with an interior photo booth.
nd they gave it a resounding thumbs up after its launch on Friday with dates fixed for it to return for school events next year.
Partycab is the brainchild of Matt Tomlins and his wife, Holly, of Regency Avenue, Lynn, who were inspired by a similar idea when they were away at a wedding.
With a digital camera and printer inside the cab and a chest of props to hand, anyone can dress up, climb aboard the cream cab, pose for the camera and leave with a selection of selfies.
The school’s headteacher Paul Shanks said: “The cab brought something unique and fun to the evening and proved a big hit with the children and adults – staff were persuaded by the children to join in the fun too.
“The cab was stocked with Christmas masks and hats as well as decked out with Christmas lights and a tree, which all helped add to the festive feel and it was an incredible success, so much so that we are hiring Matt and the cab for our Summer Fayre and Leavers’ Disco in June and July next year.”
The business is something of a family affair for Matt and Holly, whose son Harry, 18, and daughter Kit, 14, are also big fans and get involved with the by sourcing props and trialing out ideas.
“When we saw a similar vehicle, we thought it was a great idea. As there is nothing like it around here, we thought we would give it a go,” said Holly, who deals with the admin side of the business, while Matt is the cab driver.
“We bought the taxi and it has taken about six months to get all the equipment sorted out. Our aim is to take the cabs to schools, and also to events such as weddings and parties.
“People can dress up using items from the prop box and can change in the ten seconds between the photos being taken - the time pressure is all part of the fun and it can be hilarious. There’s all kinds of props to choose from, such as animal masks, coloured wigs and now Christmas accessories.”
The printer produces copies within about 30 seconds and people leave with four copies of their selfies, either in colour or mono.
Matt, who is a full time scaffolder, has a series of packages on offer, including mid-week events as well as weekend ones. Details of what Partycab offers can be found at the website www.partycab.co.uk
To contact him, call 07521524044 or Holly on 07799012199.