A happy story

April 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Europe’s oldest McDonald’s worker has celebrated his 90th birthday with colleagues

Bill Dudley is still ‘lovin’ it’ and has no plans to quit the fast-food joint in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales.

‘It helps me stay young and I just keep going,’ said Bill, who has worked there for the last nine years.

Wife Margaret, 71, has nicknamed her hubby Old McDonald.

Bill’s special day on Wednesday was marked with a cake and tickets for a weekend away. McDonalds hailed the great-grandfather as ‘a real asset’ to the team.

‘I didn’t expect such a nice surprise,’ Bill said. ‘But I suppose it’s not every day that you turn 90. ‘I still enjoy working. I come here two days-a-week, which not only gets me out of the house but I honestly love it.

‘Everyone is so happy and it’s nice to be part of a happy crowd. McDonald’s have treated me a bit and thanks to them I will be spending a couple of nights with my wife in Beaumaris.’

Prior to his current role at McDonald’s, Bill, from Connah’s Quay, served in the royal navy during the Second World War and was presented with the Arctic Medal by Russian premier Vladimir Putin in 2013.

Having worked as a delivery boy at a bakery before war broke out, Bill went on to work at Shotton Steel, spent time as a crane driver and also ran his own taxi firm.

The restaurant was adorned with balloons and decorations to mark his birthday yesterday.

Stewart Williams, franchisee of McDonald’s in Mold, where Bill still does six-hour shifts on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week said: ‘Bill is very well respected and a real asset to us.

‘He is fantastic with all the customers who love him. Some come in regularly just to see Bill.

‘Bill is a great role model to our younger members of staff. He says they keep him young but he is a real character and an inspiration to everyone.

‘We wouldn’t want to be without him and he is welcome to work here as long as he wants.’

Original story here




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