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1 those organisations.
2 Q. Why do you have that responsibility in addition to your
3 A. I was given the responsibilities about a year and a
half ago when reorganisation took place within Europe, the
4 assets of the British company, the organisation here, from
a people knowledge training equipment standpoint, ability
5 to operate the McDonald's system successfully were
recognised as something that could be very helpful if
6 brought forth in my person to our partners on the
Q. Amongst the McDonald's markets' operations within Europe,
8 how does the UK market stand in point of size?
A. In numbers of restaurants, we are the largest,
9 followed by Germany and France in numbers of outlets.
10 Q. Mr. Preston, when did you arrive on these shores?
A. I arrived here in July 1974, from Cleveland, Ohio,
11 where I operated in a restaurant management capacity.
12 Q. When you were at Cleveland you were in a restaurant
13 A. Yes, I was.
14 Q. I am going to ask you a bit about your history with
McDonald's in a moment. When did McDonald's first open in
15 this country?
A. The first restaurant opened in South East London at
16 Woolwich in October 1974.
17 Q. Was that the reason why you came to this country?
A. Yes, that is the reason.
Q. I will ask you a bit more in a moment or two, if I may.
19 Can I ask you this: Have you remained here ever since?
A. I have been resident in the UK for 20 years.
Q. Going back in time a bit -- more than that -- 30 years,
21 when did you first come into contact with the McDonald's
22 A. My first contact was as a 16 year old school boy in
Fairview Park, Ohio, when I applied for a job in a
23 restaurant operating there; acquired employment and began
to do all those things that so many McDonald's people
24 around the world do today, cook hamburgers, make french
fries and serve the public.
Q. After school did you go to what we call university?
26 A. I did. University of Cincinatti for two and a half
Q. Whilst you were a student at Cincinatti university, did
28 you continue to work for McDonald's?
A. Yes, I did part-time.
Q. Part-time -- when you were not studying, I take it?
30 A. That is correct.