Flintshire four-year-old gets extra special birthday surprise

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The young enthusiast received an extra special birthday surprise when his favourite lorry turned up to greet him.

26 August 2020InYourArea Community

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Joe Costanzo with lorry driver Dave Hockenhall

Submitted by Sarah Cole A young boy with a passion for lorries received an extra special surprise for his fourth birthday earlier this month. Joe Costanzo from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, was excited to receive a miniature replica of an LJ Fairburn NHS Rainbow Truck, but had no idea that the real thing would also show up to surprise him.

Family had arranged for the truck to visit a lorry park near to Joe’s grandmother’s home in Deeside.

Joe also received a miniature replica of the truck

Joe’s mum, Becky, explained: “As soon as we pulled into the car park and Joe saw the lorry there was the loudest shout of ‘Look it’s the NHS Rainbow Lorry, can we go and see it?’ “Lorry driver Dave was such a wonderful patient man and had so much time for Joe; nothing was too much trouble for him.

“It made Joe’s day. He still chit chats about his morning in the ‘NHS egg lorry’ tooting the horn and sitting inside.

“A huge thank you to the Fairburn’s Eggs team for making it happen, it honestly made a little boy’s dream come true!”

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Lee Coupland, transport manager for LJ Fairburn, who created a miniature version of the lorry for Joe to take home, said: “It was fantastic to be able to organise something for his birthday – and make him so happy. “I’ve been lorry fan since I was little, with both my father and grandfather driving them, so I completely understand Joe’s love for them – especially the Fairburn’s rainbow fleet. They really stand out!”

The Rainbow trailers – which have been dubbed the #rainbowtrucks on social media – deliver eggs to food retailers across the UK from Fairburn’s Burgh Le Marsh distribution hub. In May, they were emblazoned with a 2.6 metre high rainbow thank you message to commend the work of the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis. We have been overwhelmed reading about how our communities are helping each other during these difficult times.

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