Driving home for Christmas Wednesday 12 December 2007 PDF Print Drivers hit No.1 in the Secret Santa chart 12 December- The UK public thinks that Drivers are the true unsung heroes behind Christmas. According to independent research commissioned by Clearstone, 54 percent of the public think that these workers hold the key to making Christmas what it is. Without their hard work in the lead up to Christmas we would miss out on 19,000 tonnes of turkey, only hand-delivered Christmas cards would reach their destination, only car owners would be able to visit relatives and if we broke down, we would have to rely on the good Samaritan for help. The research results finally recognise the hard working souls that drive for a living, making Christmas happen through jobs that often go unnoticed. The North, West Midlands and Northern Ireland showed the most appreciation of their Christmas delivery drivers, while support for roadside recovery came from Wales and London. Lorry drivers are responsible for making sure the shops have the stock that we want to buy and providing the ever-increasing home delivery services we demand. This Christmas we will eat 120,000 tonnes of potatoes, 1,200 tonnes of parsnips, 1,600 tons of chestnuts, 16 million packets of stuffing, 11 million Christmas cakes, 40,000 tonnes of Christmas citrus fruits and seven and a half million carrots, enough to go round the M25 almost 6 times. The weight of the turkeys alone would take a minimum of 750 lorries to deliver them to the shops, and that is if you could fit them all in! While drivers are working hard to get our food to the shops, a quarter of workers will take eight or more days off work to relax. Once Christmas day is done, the drivers will be back at work collecting the additional three million tonnes of Christmas waste, and help us get back home to return to work on the second of January. “It is fantastic to see that the Great British Public appreciate the work drivers are doing over the festive period. As a key recruitment and training provider in the logistics industry, we are only too aware of the extra effort required to ensure that Christmas runs as smoothly as possible,” said Scott Feldman, marketing manager, Clearstone. “We so often just hear people complaining about lorries getting in the way, but if they weren’t there, Christmas just wouldn’t happen as we know it. I am just really pleased for lorry drivers that their professionalism and commitment has been recognised.” Farmers came second with 22 percent of the public vote, for their work producing the fine foods and trees that are such strong symbols of Christmas. In third place was the hospitality industry reaching 15 percent helped by a boost London, a reflection on the popularity of eating out in the capital. - Ends - For further information and / or photography, please email or phone: Lorna Thompson / James Warnette Octopus Communications for Clearstone Email: clearstone@Octopuscomms.net Tel: 08453700655 About Clearstone Clearstone is the UK’s leading LGV driver training and recruitment organisation. With a network of training schools across the UK and a powerful recruitment arm, Clearstone boasts the unique ability to both develop a skills base for the industry through its unrivalled training capabilities and bridge the supply-gap by placing its newly qualified and experienced drivers into permanent roles. Clearstone also provides training for corporate clients who choose to outsource their requirements. For more information about Clearstone in Milton Keynes, visit www.clear-stone.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Octopus Communications in the following categories: Men's Interest, Motoring, Travel, Education & Human Resources, Farming & Animals, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.