Greggs driver hailed a 'top guy' after handing out doughnuts to stranded motorists

The treats were shared among nearby drivers (PA)
The treats were shared among nearby drivers (PA)

A Greggs delivery driver stuck on the A1 went beyond the call of duty by sharing his precious cargo among fellow motorists.

Jon Gowing had been stuck for hours in Lindisfarne, Northumberland when he decided to unload his lorry and share the spoils among nearby drivers.

Les Goff's impressive selection of treats (PA)
Les Goff’s impressive selection of treats (PA)

Mechanical engineer Les Goff, from Leeds, helped with distribution after trying – and failing – to discover the cause of the hold-up on foot.

Mr Goff, who is also guitar tech with the band the Pigeon Detectives, was travelling home from Edinburgh when he got stuck.

Speaking from the Lindisfarne Inn on the A1 after being trapped by the weather all day, he said: “The traffic had been stopped for a couple of hours so I went for a walk for a couple of miles to see if I could help, but I still couldn’t see the start of the queue.

“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.

“Obviously it was freezing, I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes as I was walking along with this tray of cakes.”

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Nobody wanted to see these Greggs cakes go to waste (PA)
Nobody wanted to see these Greggs cakes go to waste (PA)


Roisin Currie, people and retail director at Greggs said: “We are incredibly proud of Jon and his act of kindness in what must have been a very tough situation for him and all the other poor people stuck on the A1 in this cold weather.

“We hope that his kind gesture was able to help make everyone’s day a little bit better.

“Well done again Jon, a shining example of how we do things at Greggs.”