A man who ate breakfast at the same McDonald’s every day for 15 years has been named customer of the century by staff.
Arthur Worthington, 89, began cycling from his home in Glinton to the restaurant on the A15 roundabout for his breakfast in the late 1980s.
He would meet with a group of five friends, do a newspaper crossword and enjoy a chocolate muffin or two. Some days he would come back for a Fillet ‘o Fish for his lunch.
But this week Arthur broke with tradition and came by car with his family on his last day in Glinton before moving to a care home in Stanground.
Arthur, dressed for the occasion in his suit and tie, was greeted by franchisee Matthew Jarrett and presented with a plaque naming him customer of the century.
He was also given a “McDonald’s veteran” name badge - and his breakfast was on the house.
Arthur, who was born in Doncaster and trained as an electrician before moving to Glinton in 1961, said it was a “marvellous” gesture by the restaurant staff he had come to know well.
“There used to be a group of us who would meet up - Richard, Val, Dougie, Eric, Trudie and myself,” he added.
“I used to come down and get the newspaper for the crossword. I would take it home and run off five copies. Then I’d come and issue them out to the group.
“We’d sit round the table and fill them in.”
Arthur said the restaurant was “one of the cleanest” he had ever seen, and was keen to enjoy his muffin despite all the attention.
Staff at the restaurant said they were sad to see Arthur go. But they will arrange visits for Arthur once he has settled into his new home.
The former teacher and airman was made to feel part of the family by staff who gave him a new McDonald’s cap every time the uniform was changed.
Mr Jarrett, who took over the restaurant in 2006. He said: “When Arthur’s family decided he had to go into a care home we thought it was a great shame as he loves coming here.
“It’s like an extended family. He always comes over and has something to say. He’s told us many stories about the war and his family. We wanted to give him a bit of a farewell. So we got a plaque to thank him for his custom.”
Mr Jarrett, who also owns the McDonald’s in Stamford, said he actively encouraged regular socialising in his restaurants. He added: “It’s nice to be a part of someone’s life. We like to know local people.”
Arthur and his friend Val Day are the only two left of the original crossword group. Val, from Werrington, joined Arthur for his final day. She said: “It’s the social aspect, but the reason we chose this restaurant is because it’s so clean and the staff are so pleasant. It’s like a little family.”