KIND-hearted timber hauliers will bring a truckload of festive cheer to charities in the north of England tonight.

A convoy of vehicles will make the journey from Kielder Forest to EGGER'S Hexham factory in the first ever Christmas Lorry Parade. 

It's all with the aim of getting communities into the festive spirit as well as raising money for local causes and the Great North Air Ambulance. 

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Starting off at around 5pm in Kielder, which supplies 25 per cent of England's timber output, the parade will make its way to Stannersburn, Bellingham and Wark - before reaching its final destination of Hexham - in what organisers hope will become an annual event.

Alex MacLennan, of Forestry England, which manages Kielder, told Chronicle Live: "The communities in the North Tyne Valley haven't had much in the way of social gatherings and community events since Covid. This is something festive to get families out.

Forestry Journal:

"There are timber wagons that go about the countryside every day and this is them giving something back - we've been quite overwhelmed that they're willing to give up their time and their fuel for free to support the local community.

"We intend to show some appreciation for emergency service workers in the area too."

EGGER UK will be streaming the convoy's arrival on its Facebook page.