Clitheroe McDonald’s snub to Land’s End to Johno’Groats charity cyclists

CYCLE TRIO: Our picture shows, from left to right, Richard Ely, Marc Fretwell and Gary Hart. (s)
CYCLE TRIO: Our picture shows, from left to right, Richard Ely, Marc Fretwell and Gary Hart. (s)
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CHARITY cyclists who were refused service at a Ribble Valley fast food restaurant’s drive-thru have labelled the restaurant “uncharitable”.

Richard Ely, Marc Fretwell and Gary Hart cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

They travelled through the Ribble Valley as part of their journey through Lancashire and attempted to stop off at Clitheroe’s McDonald’s restaurant for some breakfast.

The restaurant is currently being refurbished and the cyclists claim their only option was to use the drive-thru, but because they were not in a vehicle they were refused service.

Marc’s girlfriend, Leanne Ashurst, explained: “They advised the assistant what they were doing and that it was for charity.

“They also advised them they had a 100 mile day ahead of them and really needed food to fuel the start of their journey.

“They were still refused and when they asked to see a manager they were told no.

“I think this is absolutely disgraceful behaviour and extremely uncharitable.

“Other places along the way have sponsored them or given free food or drink when finding out what they were doing.

“Clitheroe Mcdonald’s would not even take their money!”

A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “Our drive-thru lanes are custom-built for motor cars, vans and trucks and in line with this policy we do not serve bicycle riders or pedestrians at the drive-thru window, for everyone’s safety.”

The trio, who have so far raised £2,700 for Cancer Research UK, welcome any sponsorship. To make a donation log on to www.justgiving.com/garyandmarcLEJOG.