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24/09/2015 18:14 BST | Updated 24/09/2015 18:59 BST

Ukip Doncaster Conference-Goers Left Stranded After Taxi Drivers Given Day Off For Eid

Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage, gives a speech to a crowd of supporters at the first public meeting in the partys referendum campaign as they kick off their 'Say No To The EU' tour in Margate on September 7
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Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage, gives a speech to a crowd of supporters at the first public meeting in the partys referendum campaign as they kick off their 'Say No To The EU' tour in Margate on September 7

Hundreds of Ukip members making their way to hotels in advance of the party's Autumn conference opening later this weekend were reportedly left "stranded" after they discovered there were too few taxi drivers to chauffeur the crowds.

A BBC journalist claimed attendees were unable to find enough cabbies, as most were given the day off for Eid, a sacred holiday in the Islamic calendar.

The annual event honours a tale told in the Qu'rran, in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son to God before the Divine intervenes.

But many Muslim taxi drivers used the day to pray, and were excused from working to celebrate the holiday.

That left streams of confused Ukip conference-goers confused and befuddled, unable to make journeys from Doncaster rail station onwards.

The responses to his post on Twitter were... somewhat predictable.

But there were quite a few swift rebuttals too.

The news came in advance of Ukip's annual Autumn conference, which is set to run from Sunday until the following Wednesday.

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