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FOUR McDonald’s employees from Portsmouth have been selected from over 87,000 staff across the country to work at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They are among a 2,000-strong squad of McDonald’s staff that have been chosen following tests of their speed, customer service and ability to work as part of a team.

As well as working at the Games they’ll also get the chance to see at least one Olympic or Paralympic event, go to cultural events and socialise with fellow McDonald’s staff from across the UK and the world.

Emily Dennis, 19, from Portsmouth, said: ‘I’m so excited, as soon as I found out I told everyone I knew. Everything’s going to be so different, I’m looking forward to seeing the new restaurant and meeting so many new people from all over the country.’

The staff were short-listed after being nominated by their restaurant managers.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Grant Copper said: ‘I’m delighted that some of my staff from Portsmouth have been chosen to take part in this fantastic opportunity. They will have to step up their performance to meet the challenges of the Games.’

The crew will travel to London this summer to work across the four temporary McDonald’s restaurants in and around the Olympic park. They will play a key role in serving an estimated 1.75m meals.

in 29 days to 9.7 million spectators, a workforce of 200,000 and 17,000 athletes and team officials quickly and safely. Staff will work for between 7-10 days at their nominated restaurant.