Maccas opening day

ON the grand opening day, Ken Philp managed to beat the crowds to the new Gatton McDonald's store and proudly purchase the first soft-serve ice cream to be made.

After having sold ice creams in the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba for more than 20 years, it was only fitting that Mr Philp was the first one to buy a soft serve ice cream at the new Mcdonald's store.

Mr Philp had originally planned to only buy a couple coffees as he drove his car into the drive-through at 7am on the Saturday but made a last minute decision to buy a soft-serve ice cream.

“It was good, I knew it was fresh,” Mr Philp said.

“I've eaten them all over Australia and I couldn't believe it when I was told I had bought the first one there.”

The new 24-hour McDonald's store proudly opened its doors to the public at 6am on Saturday much to the delight of the mass crowds that filed into the store throughout the day.

The grand opening saw hundreds of people visiting the family restaurant which had a range of entertainment on offer for the kids including a fire truck on display in the car park, face painting and a Scooby Doo jumping castle which proved to be quite popular.

River 94.9 was also present broadcasting live from the carpark throughout the day.

The fun packed event went up a notch as Ronald McDonald himself made a welcome appearance, lighting up the faces of many children.

The boisterous Ronald McDonald roamed around the store and carpark meeting and greeting kids and parents while happily posing for many photos. Ronald also performed a magic show for a lucky few kids and handed over a birthday present to Cohen Naumann.

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Steve Jones officially opened the store at lunch cutting the red and gold ribbons in front of the crowd with licensee Shane Doyle and Ronald McDonald at either side.

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