80th party 'spoils' Nessie

EMMA BEER
Last updated 10:38 11/10/2012
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LOYAL CUSTOMER: Eighty-year-old Nessie Low, enjoys her breakfast of hotcakes at McDonald’s Nelson. Nessie has been eating breakfast there almost every morning for 23 years.

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Almost every morning around 6.30, you will find Nessie Low of Stoke enjoying her standard breakfast of hot cakes.

Although she spent many years cooking them for her children, Nessie now leaves the job to the staff at Nelson’s McDonald’s.

Nessie has been going to the Rutherford St restaurant almost every morning for 23 years.

‘‘When my husband was playing golf, I used to come into town and play indoor bowls, then this opened up,’’ she said.

Her favourite breakfast is the hotcakes with maple syrup, although sometimes she will mix it up with a sausage and egg McMuffin.

‘‘But my doctor’s not meant to know that,’’ she said.

‘‘I love my hot cakes. I used to stay home and make these for the kids but they’ve all gone now.’’

As a surprise, staff at McDonald’s decided to throw their loyal customer a party for her 80th birthday last Thursday.

Friend Linda Marshall picked Nessie up and when they arrived, she made a point of telling her they would be unable to sit down in the gallery area, ‘‘because someone’s having a party’’.

Nessie was blown away when she realised the event was for her. ‘‘I got the shock of my life, I was spoilt rotten.’’

Some readers might remember Nessie from a story The Nelson Mail ran in 1997, about her daily swims at Tahunanui beach. She gave up that part of her morning ritual about three years ago after a health scare.

Linda said lots of people would know Nessie because she was ‘‘always walking and busing everywhere, all day’’.

A regular bus user, Nessie said she knows all the drivers in Nelson and most enjoys riding around the waterfront.

However, she doesn’t think her sociability and energy is anything special.

‘‘You could sit around all day but I wasn’t brought up that way, I was from a big family and we got out and did things,’’ she said. ‘‘Life’s too short to sit at home worrying.’’

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