Former Doncaster man honoured for eating at same McDonald’s every day for 15 years

Arthur Worthington with his McDonald's award.
Arthur Worthington with his McDonald's award.
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A former Doncaster 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 near Peterborough 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 before moving to a care home.

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 Cambridgeshire in 1961, said it was a “marvellous” gesture by the restaurant staff he had come to know well.

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. Arthur and his friend Val Day are the only two left of the original crossword group.

Val 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.”