'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

  • The 14-tonne lorry is decorated with fairy lights and gives out free cans of drink
  • It has toured the UK for the last nine years, stopping at shopping centres 
  • Last year the truck visited 19 locations throughout November and December 

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline

Published: 13:40, 9 November 2020 | Updated: 14:17, 9 November 2020

Coca Cola's Christmas truck will not be making its annual tour of the UK for the first time in 10 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 14-tonne lorry decorated with fairy lights and giving out free cans of the fizzy drink has travelled around the country for the last nine years, stopping at shopping centres and supermarkets. 

But in a tweet the company has said: 'Due to current restrictions around the country, our Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour won't go ahead this year.

Coca-Cola's Christmas truck will not be making its annual tour of the UK for the first time in 10 years due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in Birmingham last year)

'We know it's disappointing, but we'll continue to share special Christmas moments throughout the festive season.

'We look forward to seeing you next year!' 

The news was a disappointment to fans, with one saying: '2020 is the year fun died.'

'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

In a tweet the company has said: 'Due to current restrictions around the country, our Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour won't go ahead this year'

Another added: 'Christmas is cancelled.'

However, Coca-Cola promised 'fun will never die', before adding there was still 'a lot to look forward to'.

The vehicles are also a regular fixture of television adverts throughout the Christmas period.

'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

Last year the truck visited 19 locations throughout November and December before making its final stop in London (pictured in Croydon last year)

'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic 'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic 'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic 'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic 'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic 'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

The news was a disappointment to fans, with one saying: 'No coca cola truck? That's it.

Cancel Christmas!!!'

Responding to one Twitter user, the company said: 'We've got loads of festive treats to come, including our Christmas ad!

Hold on to your Santa hats for now...'

Last year the truck visited 19 locations throughout November and December before making its final stop in London.

England is currently under its second national Covid-19 lockdown, which is expected to last at least a month into early December. 

It comes after last year dentists blasted Coca Cola for continuing its annual Christmas truck tour, despite the impact of fizzy drinks on teeth. 

'Holidays AREN'T coming!' Fans are left distraught as Coca Cola cancels its annual Christmas truck tour of UK for the first time in 10 years due to the Covid pandemic

The vehicles are also a regular fixture of television adverts throughout the Christmas period

Coca Cola also reduced the number of locations its truck visits last year, after health campaigners protested over its sugar content.

In 2018 Croydon council failed in its bid to stop the Coca-Cola truck giving out sugary drinks to children on its famous tour. 

Authorities complained about the drinks giant visiting the area south London, accusing it of promoting sugary drinks to children in the borough - where one in three starting secondary school are overweight or obese.  

But Coca-Cola steadfastly refused to stop giving out freebies and ploughed on as thousands lined the streets to see the iconic red truck.  

The council had backed a campaign by Sugar Smart UK to ban the advertisement of unhealthy drinks to children over the festive season.

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