Little Jacob, 4, meets his heroes in special birthday treat

Most four-year-olds would probably name a sports star or their favourite cartoon character among their childhood heroes.

Monday, 22nd May 2017, 1:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 10:14 pm

But for little Jacob Hamilton, his heroes are the men who empty and collect the bins from outside his Loundsley Green home in Chesterfield.

From the age of one, the Brockwell Nursery and Infant School pupil has had an obsession with bin lorries.

And on Saturday (May 20), Jacob’s dream came true when he was paid a visit by the bin men from Veolia as a special birthday surprise.

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Jacob’s mum, Hayley, 29, of Gower Crescent, said: “He was star struck.

“He got to sit in the lorry and he absolutely loved it.

“To him they are his heroes.”

Jacob, who has a younger brother and sister, wants to be a bin man when he grows up and he owns about 20 toy lorries and bins.

The bin men always speak to him and tell him about their job - bringing a big smile to Jacob’s face,

It was after a recent visit that Hayley decided to send Veolia an email thanking the bin men for making such a special effort with her son.

A few days later the company got back in touch and arranged to surprise Jacob on Saturday, the day before his fourth birthday.

“They turned up on Saturday with a bin lory and brought him a jacket and a hat,” Hayley told the Derbyshire Times.

“He wakes up everyday now wearing his jacket and hat.

“It has made his year never mind his birthday.”