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Donna B’s Tasty Bites owner helps marooned truckers in Newark on Christmas Eve




Lorry drivers stuck in Newark didn’t go hungry on Christmas Eve thanks to those who took pity on their plight.

Several drivers were stranded in the town’s lorry park following France’s ban on freight from the UK.

The stranded lorry drivers receiving the welcome packages from Sandy Bannatyne and Donna B's. (43807092)
The stranded lorry drivers receiving the welcome packages from Sandy Bannatyne and Donna B's. (43807092)

When trucker Sandy Bannatyne visited Newark lorry park the day before Christmas Eve, he met drivers who said they were set to go home that evening.

But when Sandy returned the next day to check on his colleagues (pictured) several had still yet to leave because of the issues.

Sandy said: “I’m a lorry driver so, the day before Christmas Eve, I went down to the lorry park to see if the drivers were all going home.

“They said they were going to but, the next day, they were still there.

“I didn’t know what they would have or what the situation was like so I went down the Co-op to get some water for the guys.

“Then, because I know her personally, I went to Donna B’s Tasty Bites to see if they had any left over food.

“And, because it was near closing, she gave me the food for free.

“The drivers seemed really quite happy.”

Donna was kind enough to give trays of cream cakes and trifles and prepare a selection of hot meals, bacon, sausage and cheese and onion cobs for the drivers, as well as providing a few cans of beer.

Donna B’s Tasty Bites owner Donna Broadley, whose snack bar is on Currie Road, said: “They had no food any they were away from their homes before Christmas.

“I wouldn’t want to be in that position so it was the least that I could do.”

The freight situation with France has been resolved and the lorries are on the move once more.



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