Kind-hearted takeaway owner praised after helping feed 50 stranded pupils and their teachers

A kind-hearted takeaway owner has been celebrated after helping feed 50 stranded students and their teachers.

Children and staff at Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, became stuck following a railway disruption in Preston, Lancashire on Monday evening.

A generous takeaway boss helped deliver dozens of portions to hungry schoolchildren


A generous takeaway boss helped deliver dozens of portions to hungry schoolchildrenPhoto credit: X/ModernStudies
Mick's Hut in Preston prepared 60 bags of crisps on Monday evening


Mick’s Hut in Preston prepared 60 bags of crisps on Monday eveningPhoto credit: Google Maps
The Greenfaulds High School group was stranded for hours


The Greenfaulds High School group was stranded for hoursPhoto credit: X/ModernStudies

They were traveling home on an Avanti West Coast train after a trip to London.

But the service was unexpectedly canceled mid-trip, leaving hundreds of people looking for alternative transportation.

For many, taxis were arranged to take them to their destination, but for Greenfaulds these were not an option as the children could not travel alone.

After having to arrange a bus to pick them up, the hungry students and teachers were desperate to find a place to eat.

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Since many restaurants in the area were closed that day, they were happy when a generous kebab chef helped them.

Mick’s Hut on nearby Corporation Street was out of chips at 9pm.

But after a quick phone call, buckets of potatoes were delivered to the snack bar and the exhausted schoolchildren and their teachers were kindly presented with 60 portions of chips.

They also offered them a discount on their order.

Greenfaulds has heaped praise on the business owner for his consideration in times of need.

A social media post from the school’s modern studies department said: “A final mention for Mick’s Hut in Preston. At 9pm I didn’t have enough supplies to serve us all, but after a few calls, buckets full of potatoes arrived by car!”

“40 minutes later we were all fed for a fraction of the actual cost. Heartwarming that companies like this exist.”

One of the teachers left a glowing five-star online review for the company and wrote, “A big thank you to Romans and Zed for saving our lives!! “We were stuck at Preston station with 50 12-year-olds for five hours after trains were canceled.”

“The boys cooked 60 bags of chips for us, reduced the prices on huge portions and helped us take them to the train station as we left the shop. The world needs more business owners like these guys.”

“Love from Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, Scotland.”

The school’s tour operator arranged a bus to pick them up in Preston.

The students and their teachers finally arrived home around 2:30 yesterday morning.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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