Wacky pensioner Barrie Hall has got into the festive spirit two months early after he transformed his mobility scooter – into the Christmas Coca-Cola truck.
The 73-year-old has spent eight months converting the second-hand 7mph disabled carriage into the iconic red wagon to raise money for a cancer charity.
The ten-wheel imitation truck comes complete with a picture of Santa holding a bottle of pop on the side and is lined with red-and-white flashing lights.
It comes a year after Barrie, who has battled Leukaemia for the last five years, turned his late wife Susan’s mobility scooter into Santa’s sleigh.
Susan tragically died from mouth cancer in 2010 aged 68.
Barrie, who has six grown-up children and 12 grandchildren, said: “Last year I decorated my late wife’s scooter for Christmas, but this time I wanted to do something bigger.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to top this Coca-Cola truck. This is it, as far as I’m concerned. The kids have been raving about it and the lollipop lady has already donated £5.
“When I thought of the idea I never expected to get it off the ground but after I approached Coca-Cola and was given the go-ahead I started asking businesses for their help.”
“My grandchildren love the truck and that’s the icing on the cake for me.
“But my daughter has told me to take a break now.
“I want to raise awareness of Leukaemia and raise money for more research into the disease.
“This is just one of the quirky things I do.”
The retired taxi-driver spent £100 on accessories he bough from eBay and relied on donations from businesses to create the mini-replica of the Coca-Cola truck.
He plans to drive the scooter around his home town of Lincoln every day in December to raise case for Cancer Research.