Olympics: Howard’s ‘lovin’ it’ at world’s biggest McDonalds

Howard Williams with his Environmental Health medal.
Howard Williams with his Environmental Health medal.

A Boston Borough Council worker will be swapping local cafes for the world’s biggest McDonald’s when he heads down to London to be an Olympic volunteer next week.

Environmental health officer Howard Williams is set to leave his day job for seven days when he takes on the role as team leader for food safety in the Olympic stadium.

During his seven-day stint he will be responsible for ensuring standards at every single one of thefood outlets in the Olympic Park – including the McDonald’s built especially for the Games, which is half the size of an American football pitch.

Howard, 45, said: “This is going to be quite a challenge as it will involve teams visiting every food outlet. More than 14 million meals will be served, across 40 different competition venues, making the Olympic Games catering the largest peace-time catering operation in the world.

“I have been very fortunate in my life. Giving something back and trying to make a difference is very important to me. What better way than giving my time to ensure that those competing at and visiting 
the London Olympics 2012 stay safe. It’s why I went into this profession.”

Howard, who is one of 70,000 volunteers helping to make the Olympics run smoothly, will be going along with an accolade to rival some of the athletes, as he is the proud owner of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Gold Medal for best UK student for his hard work and discipline as a student at Nottingham Trent University.