The Coca Cola truck may have tried to bring some festive cheer to the streets of Chester, but not everyone was pleased to see the iconic vehicle arrive in our city.

Despite the truck being a regular image on our TV screens every Christmas, to many signalling the start of the festive season, lots of people in Chester feel strongly about the 'negative' message they believe the truck sends, especially in light of childhood obesity.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recently called for a sugar tax on sugary drinks- which has sparked the Coca Cola debate even further.

The Chronicle have had scores of people contacting us on social media about their concerns, including one from The Health Equalities Group who linked to a blog post written by their CEO Robin Ireland who said that one can of standard Coca-Cola contained 7 teaspoons of sugar.

He wrote: "Why is it that our towns and cities welcome a mobile advert into the heart of our shopping areas when 25% of our five year olds have tooth decay, 20% of 10-11 year olds are obese and the NHS may cave in under the cost of treating type 2 diabetics?"

And it seems there are quite a few people in Chester agree with him, voicing their opinions on The Chronicle's Facebook page and on Twitter.

"Coca Cola. Spreading goodwill and cheer. And obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Merry Christmas everyone!"

Johnny Mc wrote : " So why hijack Santa and imprint on young minds under twelve that it's ok Santa approves Coca Cola? Become obese and have health problems from its consumption nothing but another legal high ridiculous !"

Pauline Jones said : "Selfie with a can of sugar"

Will Angus asked : " Why is anyone celebrating the appearance of this massive COCA COLA mobile advert ??? This SUGARY drink has contributed towards obesity in the young more than any other for generations."

Terry Grady said: "Not a good ideal to promote a drink with 12 tea spoons of sugar in it. It is good for removing rust so what does it do to your insides. My children are never given this stuff, bad naughty Coca Cola."

Les McNamara wrote: "Coca Cola. Spreading goodwill and cheer. And obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Merry Christmas everyone!"

While Chris Djlanky Brocklehurst wrote: " A truck with lights showing kids how to get fat like Santa by drinking coke."

However, not everyone is against the Coca Cola truck.

"I wish folk would stop's a bright red shiny truck and like I've said before, kids will love's only one flamin day for goodness sake," argued Cathy Uttley .

And Helen Payton-Jones said: "My children don't drink any fizzy drinks but love the Coke truck. If you don't like it don't go but plenty of others will."

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