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Oldest McDonald's employee in Europe celebrates 90th birthday at his own restaurant

Great grandfather and Second World War veteran Bill Dudley started working at McDonald's when he got bored at home nine years ago. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The oldest McDonald's employee in Europe celebrated his 90th birthday with a party, in his own restaurant and says he has no plans to retire just yet.

Great grandfather and Second World War veteran Bill Dudley started working at McDonald's when he got bored at home nine years ago. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Great grandfather and Second World War veteran Bill Dudley, from Connah's Quay in North Wales, joined the fast food giant's Mold, Flintshire, restaurant as a part-time member of the customer care team nine years ago after he grew "bored" pottering around the house.

Great grandfather and Second World War veteran Bill Dudley started working at McDonald's when he got bored at home nine years ago. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

I was bored pottering around the house and my wife wouldn't let me help out with the gardening, so applied for a job at McDonald's and I haven't looked back.

I served in the navy during World War 2 and worked as a train driver before becoming a taxi driver.

Despite being in employment since the age of 12, I still love coming to work. The camaraderie is fantastic and I'm really lucky to be surrounded by a great team who are like my family.

– Bill Dudley
Great grandfather and Second World War veteran Bill Dudley started working at McDonald's when he got bored at home nine years ago. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The restaurant's franchisee, Stewart Williams, said:

Bill is an incredibly valued member of the team and our regular customers and crew members alike are all incredibly fond of him.

He's fantastic with people and I admire his constant enthusiasm to do the job that he loves.

We are all incredibly proud to work alongside him as he's such an inspiring member of the team. I look forward to celebrating his birthday again next year.