IT’S a nightmare being stuck in traffic jam not knowing how long it’s going to take to get home.
Hunger pangs can quickly set in as you gaze at the unmoving rear bumper ahead.
It was against such a backdrop that two South Queensferry children brought smiles to traffic-snarled motorists on Tuesday evening when they set up a roadside stall distributing free Hob Nobs and water.
Going car window to window with their emergency refreshments cousins Anir, seven, and Massine Bekkout, five, ran up and down the street for more than half an hour pouring cool water from a large bottle into individual plastic cups and offering drivers a much-needed biscuit to keep them going.
The duo said they were inspired after being given a chocolate digestive biscuit earlier that day in a separate traffic queue.
Watched by Anir’s proud parents Fiona, 43, and Sam Bekkout, 45, the boys have been hailed as a shining example of community spirit at its best.
Mrs Bekkout explained: “The cars were all backed up everywhere throughout the whole of South Queensferry.
“One woman had three kids in her car and they took a biscuit each because it was tea time so the kids were hungry.The boys were quite excited and were saying, ‘There’s more cars let’s go, let’s go!’”
The boys also made their own sign and were particularly concerned about other children getting hungry.
Anir, a Queensferry Primary School pupil, said: “I enjoyed doing it and I wanted to help people. We were worried about the little children getting hungry.”
While Massine, a Clermiston Nursery pupil, added: “We knocked on doors and asked people if they wanted water or biscuits and Anir held the sign up.
“If we see another traffic jam then we will do it again.”
One motorist to be cheered up by the pair was Scottish Ambulance medical dispatcher, Robert Pearson, 32, who said being offered refreshments from the “wee cheeky chappies” brightened up his day.
“I was travelling to my work at the control centre in South Queensferry with a colleague, a journey which normally takes about 20 minutes but took over two hours,” he said.
“We saw the wee kids walking along the pavement and I wondered what they were doing but they had their wee sign up saying ‘Water and Biscuits’ and me and my colleague, Kirsty Thompson, just started laughing because we were a bit peeved being stuck in traffic and they were just quite cheeky wee chaps. It just shows there’s some community spirit and I thought it was absolutely brilliant.”
Vice Chair and Secretary of the Queensferry and District Community Council, Terry Airlie, agreed with Mr Pearson saying: “It was utter mayhem here for about 10 hours and the whole town was grid locked. Hearing something like that is really good – it just epitomises what community spirit there is in the town – it’s not all doom and gloom.”
The chaos was sparked by a spillage on the bridge.