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First stop on Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour announced

The first location for the Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour has been announced – with more locations being released soon.

The Coca-Cola truck will stop off in Glasgow this Wednesday, November 24.

The tour will look a little different this year, as it returns to the streets for the first time in 24 months – after the 2020 tour was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

Read more: Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour 2021 – all we know so far

On Wednesday, the iconic truck will be parked up at the Silverburn Shopping Centre, in Glasgow.

The 14-tonne lorry is decorated with fairy lights and fans are normally able to enjoy a can of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Classic in a ‘winter wonderland’ setting.

Louise Maugest, marketing director at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “Coca-Cola has always been synonymous with Christmas, particularly the iconic truck tour.

“With the magic of Christmas needed now more than ever, we thought it was only right that we bring it back this year, safely and securely.

“The Coca-Cola Truck Tour has always been a moment to remind us of the importance of togetherness and community, something particularly prevalent during the festive season.”

More dates and locations are expected to be announced in the coming days – with fans in the West Midlands hoping it will return to the region.

BrumWish 2021 aims to get thousands of Christmas gifts to young children in need across our city – the homeless, the vulnerable, kids in care and kids who have little.

This year’s appeal is bigger and better than ever – because we have teamed up with our partners at #Toys4Birmingham, including Thrive Together Birmingham, the Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Birmingham Forward Steps.

Also involved are Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, Spurgeon’s children’s charity, the Springfield project in Sparkhill, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Your Local Pantry, which runs food hubs in 12 locations across Birmingham and the Black Country.

You can buy a gift from the #Brumwish Amazon Wishlist here.

Or you can collect and drop off donations of new and nearly new toys and gifts to special donation days at Edgbaston Stadium, B5 7QU, on Saturday November 27, Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4, from 11am to 3pm, where volunteers will be waiting to see you.

Brand new or nearly new, unwrapped gifts, books and toys for all ages will be accepted.

You can also donate cash, which will go into a fund held by a charity partner to use to plug gaps or buy specialist toys for children with additional needs. This is the link to make a donation.

Each and every year, the iconic red truck tours the nation, bringing festive cheer and sparking jingles of ‘Holidays Are Coming’.

It is so popular, there is even a dedicated Facebook page to track its whereabouts and share the latest news. ‘Christmas 2021 Coca Cola Truck Tour’ has 1.9k people following it.

This year, Coca Cola is making a change to the tour – as it returns to the streets for the first time in 24 months. It has emerged the firm is holding back the dates of the truck tour until closer to the time when they have more certainty that they can go ahead.

An inside source spoke to the Daily Star : “The team behind the amazing truck tour understand that everyone is really keen the truck comes to their town because people love it.

“But it has been an unprecedented year and because of this, things will be a little bit different. There won’t be a long list of dates announced at once.

“Locations are still being finalised and will be announced region by region when they are confirmed and people will still have enough time to plan their visit.”

In 2019, it visited Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, Dudley, where it spent two days – during the truck’s ninth tour of the country.

It last visited Birmingham in 2018, having previously toured the city in 2017, 2016 and 2014.

The truck also visited Wolverhampton way back in 2012, at the old Waitrose store off the Penn Road.

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