Eddie Stobart’s biggest fan gets to take control of a lorry

PHOTO : Neil Cross'Eddie Stobard fanatic Stefan Holly with driver David Hennah and Chris White, Deputy Store Manager at Tesco Leyland
PHOTO : Neil Cross'Eddie Stobard fanatic Stefan Holly with driver David Hennah and Chris White, Deputy Store Manager at Tesco Leyland

A Leyland man reckons he’s Eddie Stobart biggest fan.

Stefan Holly, 22, who has severe learning difficulties, has dedicated his life to his love of anything Eddie Stobart-related.

His bedroom is kitted out with anything with 18-wheels and he is a member of the national fan club.

He even spends four evenings a week watching the famous lorries unloading at his local Tesco supermarket in Towngate. Now, staff at the store have invited him behind-the-scenes to make his dream of being a lorry driver for a day come true.

Stefan, who lives in Sandringham Avenue, spent the day at the supermarket helping to unload deliveries and looking around the lorries.

He said: “It was like a dream come true. I loved it.”

His mum Jackie, 62, said he first got hooked on the trucks when he waved at one on the motorway and the driver flashed his headlights in return.

She said: “Ever since, he’s been absolutely loopy for them. He loves them to bits. When the staff at Tesco invited him in he was over the moon.

“They were so nice with him and they really treated him like a friend.”

During his visit on Thursday, Stefan was treated to Eddie Stobart memorabilia, including T-shirts and hats, given a tour of the lorries and even got to sit behind the wheel of one.

Karen Barnet, customer services manager at Tesco, came up with the idea when staff got to know him from his daily visits to watch the trucks unload.

She said: “It is so nice that in this day and age, when we all whinge and moan about such trivial things, that such a simple thing can mean so much to someone. We can all take a lesson from Stefan.”