Barking supermarket worker adopts 85-year-old customer as his grandma

PUBLISHED: 15:04 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 16 August 2017

85-year-old Audrey has been shopping at the supermarket for two years

85-year-old Audrey has been shopping at the supermarket for two years

Paul Hadfield

A supermarket worker who never met his own grandparents has adopted an 85-year-old customer as his grandma after forming a special relationship with her over the counter.

Gary Gordon, 36, works at the Asda in London Road, Barking and first became friends with Audrey Bond two years ago when he specially sliced a loaf of bread for her.

From that day on they have chatted whenever Audrey has come in to do her shopping - and she refers to Gary as “my man.”

Audrey, who lives in Barking with 88-year-old husband Fred and has grandchildren of her own, is also a keen baker herself and gives Gary regular tips on how the supermarket could improve the quality of their food.

She said: “It started a couple of years ago. Gary cuts my bread for me and he’s always so pleasant.

“I started looking for him every time I went in. I used to call him ‘my man’ and I’d ask around saying ’where’s my man today?’”

Audrey has also taken to recommending Gary’s baked good to other shoppers in the store to help boost his sale figures.

“I was in the other day and they do these lovely bread rolls. This lady was next to me looking at them and I asked her if she’d tried them. She said she hadn’t, so I told her she really had to give them a go. She bought some so I called out to Gary and said ’I’m selling your bread for you’. He was laughing.

“I mentioned to him that I was making some rock cakes and said I’d bring a couple in for him.

“I normally bring Gary a banana and walnut cake. The other day I brought him a cherry and caraway seed cake and he loved it.”

She added: “He’s a great fella, lovely and kind.”

Gary, who also lives in Barking, said: “I never got the chance to meet my grandparents so I call Audrey my grandma. When she turns up I stop what I stop what I’m doing and give her my full attention - she’s wonderful.

“She also pointed out you can get misshapen bread when the loaves get too full of air, which comes from leaving them in the proving room for too long.”

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