Dif­fer­ent type of drive-through

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

TRAF­FIC stopped and heads turned when Lex Clark steered his horses and car­riage through the McDon­ald’s drive-though win­dow at New Nor­folk.

Mr Clark’s stop for an ice cream with his shire horses, Sparky and Max, who lined up be­hind cars, was just a nor­mal day out.

It was not the first time the Way­ati­nah res­i­dent and his horses made a visit.

“Peo­ple of­ten say how good it is see­ing us trot through — ev­ery­body waves and says hi,” he said.

“The feed­back is re­ally pos­i­tive and many on­look­ers say it’s not some­thing they see ev­ery day.

“I don’t think any­one saw me en­ter the drive-through on my first visit, but on the way out there were around a dozen peo­ple stand­ing there tak­ing pho­tos.”

A McDon­ald’s New Nor­folk shift man­ager said staff and cus­tomers loved see­ing Mr Clark and his horses pass through the lane.

“Ev­ery­one loves see­ing them come by,” the man­ager said. “We’ve never had any­one ex­press con­cerns about it and I don’t think we’re ever go­ing to turn them away.”

Mr Clark said Max and Sparky were not usu­ally lucky enough to score a taste of his or­der, but af­ter a long ride the pair earned an ice cream cone each.

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