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Hero Greggs driver hands out free cakes to people stranded on A1 by the snow


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A Greggs delivery driver stranded on the A1 motorway kept other marooned motorists happy by handing out free pasties, pies and cakes from the back of his lorry.

The busy motorway came to a standstill on Thursday due to the ‘beast from the east’ and when Greggs driver Jon Gowing realised he wouldn’t make his delivery on time, meaning the food would go to waste, he decided to make a kind hearted gesture.

Credit: Less Goff

After getting the go-ahead from his head office, Jon, who was stuck near Lindisfarne, Northumberland, began going up to cars and offering people inside a selection of tasty treats.

He told Heart radio station: “I walked up and down the A1 just handing stuff out. Whatever they wanted that was on the stack, it was all free."

What a hero.

One man, Less Goff, who had got out his car after being stuck for several hours in the non moving traffic, helped him dish out the treats. He told The Mirror:

"I was walking back down the hill when I saw the Greggs guy at the back with the tail-lift and he just said, 'Do you want some cakes?'

"He asked me to take some to the other drivers and he walked up the traffic and I walked down the traffic with doughnuts, vanilla slices and cakes, handing them out. He was a top guy. He said if he hadn't delivered them by a certain time, they would go to waste."

Greggs says it hopes the gesture made "everyone's day a little bit better."


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