Metro driver makes five-year-old's Christmas wish come true early with tour of driver's cabin
Harrison Lackland, 5, from South Shields lived out his dream when he sat in the driver’s seat of the Tyne and Wear metro, pressed the horn and learnt what all the buttons do in a special trip organised by one of the drivers.
Mark Bloxham, a metro driver set up the day when Harrison’s mum Kirsty was trying to get hold of a toy metro train as it was one of the only things Harrison had asked for Christmas.
Kirsty Lane said: “I contacted Metro to see if they did the toy metros but they don’t do them anymore so sent him a pencil case and pens in the post.
"I then got a message off a lovely Metro driver called Mark, he told us his shifts and said if we could get to the station for his train coming in he would let Harrison sit in the cabin.”
Mark gave Harrison a guided tour of the cabin and made his day by giving him his metro driver badge.
Kirsty said: “Harrison didn’t believe it was really happening until we got to the station and Mark pulled in pressing the horn and waved."He was nearly crying, it was so lovely of Mark to do this and he’s even said just drop him a message when Harrison wants to come in the cabin again.
"Harrison loved every minute of it, he has told all friends at school and he still talks about it now!”