A LUCKY Andover trucker has lived out a childhood dream by becoming the first member of the public to drive the famous Coca-Cola Christmas truck.

Matt Smith recently took the wheel of the famous vehicle, which features in the company’s annual ‘Holidays are coming’ advert.

The 28-year-old, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, has dreamt of driving the branded truck since he was seven years old.

The professional trucker finally achieved his goal earlier this month when he fired up the iconic truck to launch the soft drinks company’s Christmas campaign.

Mr Smith, who is the first member of the public to drive the truck, was given the opportunity after contacting the company through social media in a bid to raise awareness for his condition.

He said: “It was overwhelming to see the truck but then to actually drive it, wow.

“They say that it only really feels like Christmas when you see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck on TV – to have actually driven it is something else.

“It really was a dream come true to get behind the wheel of one of the most iconic trucks in the world and I couldn’t stop smiling, but it has also given me the opportunity to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis too.”

Bobby Brittain, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain, added: “We’re thrilled to celebrate 20 years of ‘Holidays are Coming’ on our screens by giving Matt the opportunity to be the first member of the public to drive the truck.

“Seeing the delight on Matt’s face when he was behind the wheel reminded me that it’s these moments of happiness that make Christmas special.”

Following Mr Smith’s launch of the campaign, the truck will make 46 stops to towns and cities across the country.

The nearest stop to Andover will be in Winchester, which will take place on Thursday, December 17.