Following the opening of the Alnwick branch, here’s 10 things you might not know about McDonald’s...

The new McDonald's opening in Alnwick
The new McDonald's opening in Alnwick

After a saga that has kept the Gazette busy since the first McDonald’s application for an Alnwick outlet in 2001, it has finally opened.

Whether you’re a fan or not, the fast-food restaurant, which served its first burger in Alnwick on Wednesday (September 23), is an addition to the town’s gastronomic offering.

Here are 10 things that you might not know about McDonald’s:

1. Brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald first opened a burger restaurant, called the Speedee Service System, in San Bernardino in California in 1940 using the same principles as McDonald’s does today.

2. McDonald’s as we know it began in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant in Illinois, inspired by the McDonald brothers. By 1958, McDonald’s had sold its 100 millionth hamburger.

3. McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the UK in Woolwich in south London, in October 1974.

4. The first McDonald’s drive-thru was created in 1975 near an Arizona military base. It’s aim was to serve soldiers who weren’t permitted to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues.

5. There are McDonalds in 119 countries around the world, leaving 79 to colonise, but the first restaurant outside America opened in Canada and Puerto Rica in 1967.

6. The golden arches is the most recognised symbol in the world.

7. McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers every second and has more daily customers worldwide (68million) than the population of Great Britain (64million).

8. Although the original menu did not include French fries, the corporation now buys more than 3.4billion pounds of potatoes each year.

9. Famous people who have worked at McDonalds include Sharon Stone, Shania Twain, American comedian Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink..

10. Around 96% of American schoolchildren can identify Ronald McDonald. The only other fictional character that they recognise more is Santa Claus.