Picture special: Christmas comes to Mansfield as the Coca Cola Truck rolls into town

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Eboney Patrick, eight, and Rio Patrick, 12.
The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Eboney Patrick, eight, and Rio Patrick, 12.

There must have been close to 1,000 people who queued up to two hours at Oak Tree Tesco on Sunday to have their pictures taken outside a truck and get a free can of pop.

The annual tour of the Coca Cola Christmas Truck tour has become a national Christmas institution and this week Mansfield welcomed it with open arms.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Katie Adey, 13, and William Adey, nine.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Katie Adey, 13, and William Adey, nine.

It was all a bit surreal as the huge queues snaked all the way around the car park towards the petrol station where the lorry was parked.

The roads around the store were jammed with cars from the Forest Town end and Oak Tree Lane was bumper to bumper as families made their pilgrimage to the iconic wagon.

As one dad put it “You know Christmas is here when the Coca Cola truck comes on the telly.”

Visitors had come to Mansfield from as far afield as Doncaster Sheffield Derby and Manchester to witness the event.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Alexandra Poulter, ten, Connie Poulter, 13, and Natellie Poulter, 14.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Alexandra Poulter, ten, Connie Poulter, 13, and Natellie Poulter, 14.

Our Facebook live coverage of the event drew differing reactions.

Ashleigh Armstrong wrote; “ We stood waiting for 2 hours finally saw truck at 11.30 defo doesn’t look like it does on the advert.”

Donna Buck said: “ My daughter and grandkids loved it... well worth the queue.”

Marie Brown said: “Why do some people have to be so negative about stuff.... its nice that they actually came to Mansfield. It was nice to see all those kiddies smiling at the sight of it. X”

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Kelly Wardle, Karson Wardle, nine, and Dean Kirk.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Kelly Wardle, Karson Wardle, nine, and Dean Kirk.

David Poole wrote: “ Hmmm smiling at Coca Cola... the heartbeat of Christianity. What a load of rubbish”

Jenni Bennett said: “Shame people starting queuing at the exit when people had been queuing for over an hour.”

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Ellie Pheasant and Janet Butcher.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Ellie Pheasant and Janet Butcher.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Richard and Melanie Fisher with Chloe, two, and Riley, five.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Richard and Melanie Fisher with Chloe, two, and Riley, five.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Alexandra Poulter, ten, Connie Poulter, 13, and Natellie Poulter, 14.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Alexandra Poulter, ten, Connie Poulter, 13, and Natellie Poulter, 14.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Ethan Moss, 14, and Isaac Woodford, 20.

The Coca-Cola truck visited Mansfield on Sunday December 3rd 2017. Pictured are Ethan Moss, 14, and Isaac Woodford, 20.