‘Tis the season...for a refreshing Christmas beverage in town!

Excitement was inescapable in Huddersfield as hundreds gathered to see the Coca Cola truck roll into St George’s Square.

Despite the freezing wind, the truck was met by children and adults alike desperate for a can of Coke and a selfie in front of the famous truck from the company’s Christmas adverts.

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“It’s the first sign Christmas really is here”, parents said as they stood in the cold for a photo opportunity.

The truck stopped off as part of its annual tour across the country, starting in Inverness last month and ending in London’s Leicester Square on December 23.

But not everyone was happy about the truck’s arrival.

People on social media were quick to criticise the event, with Coca Cola at the centre of a row over the amount of sugar in drinks consumed by children.

Linthwaite mum Fiona Bellhouse said the truck is part of Christmas celebrations and is harmless.

“I don’t know why people have a problem with it, it’s a small can of Coke at the end of the day it’s hardly going to make your teeth fall out.

“I was really excited when I saw in the Examiner that the truck was coming, so I’ve bought my son along.”

Fiona’s son Joseph, eight, a pupil at Linthwaite Clough School, was also happy to see the truck.

Fiona added: “I just think it’s all part of getting the kids excited about Christmas.

“You know it’s the festive season when the adverts start coming on TV.”

Drama student Tom Bithell, who came with housemates Alicia Hart and Vicky Evans, to grab a free drink, said: “I think it’s great for the town.

“The fact it’s so famous and it’s chosen Huddersfield as one of its stops, it puts it on the map.”

Newsome grandparents Linda and Kevin Beaumont brought grandchildren Holly, nine, and Jack, seven, to see the truck.

Linda, 66, said: “I heard about the truck in the Examiner.

“I don’t see the fuss with Coca Cola coming to Huddersfield.

“I know it’s a sugary drink, but it’s Christmas and everyone eats and drinks rubbish at Christmas.”

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Bobby Brittain, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “We’re delighted to be visiting Huddersfield this year as part of the Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour. “By launching a competition for a member of the public to win a personal visit from the Coca-Cola Christmas truck and making a further 46 stops across the UK, we’re looking forward to being able to give a little happiness to as many people across the country as possible.”

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