14 September 2001

A farmers lad who made it to the very top

EDDIE Stobart. His name is a familiar sight to motorists – writ large on hundreds of red and green lorries driven by the smartest of drivers who always wear ties.

The company, founded over 30 years ago, today employs around 2000 people – no mean achievement for a someone who was born and brought up on a small Cumberland farm when times were hard and life was a struggle.

Eddie embarked on his first business venture in the late 1940s when he went from farm to farm in his native county threshing corn. The story of his life up to his present day retirement – and the Christian faith that is integral to it – is told in Only The Best Will Do by Noel Davidson. Eddie and his wife Nora agreed to the book being written only on the condition "That it is a book which gives glory to God, and not Eddie Stobart. For I am a nobody, you know. Just a farmers lad who God blessed."

A farmers weekly reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, is offering 500 copies of the book free of charge to help and encourage members of the farming community who are experiencing stress and problems due to foot-and-mouth disease.

For your FREE copy, contact Keith Jones Bookshop, 2 Hinton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2EE (01202-292272).