Mr Christmas turns his back on turkey dinners for the first time in 21 years after rescuing a turkey in need
A festive fanatic who has celebrated with a turkey roast dinner every day for the past 21 years has finally turned his back on his daily Christmas lunch – after adopting a TURKEY as pet.
Andy Park, 51, from Melksham, Wiltshire, celebrates Christmas every day of the year and has done so since 1993, devouring 8,000 turkeys with all the trimmings.
He has enjoyed at least 7,500 glasses of sherry over the years, which he enjoys while watching the Queen’s Speech at 3pm sharp EVERY SINGLE DAY.
But a chance encounter with a vulnerable turkey has now caused Andy to change his routine – for the first time in 21 years Andy has stopped eating his favourite Christmas food – roast TURKEY.
Father-of-one Andy, who works as an electrician, said: “After 21 years and 8,000 turkeys I have given it all up for my pet turkey Tinsel.
“Tinsel means a lot to me. I love spending time with him every day.
“He is a pet in the same way a dog or a cat would be- he recognises my voice and I can pick him up in my arms and pet him.”
Andy now enjoys a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings but without one crucial component – the meat.
Instead he will tuck into some bacon with his dinner instead.
Andy said: “I just couldn’t eat the turkey after I rescued Tinsel.
“I was in my van driving along the dual carriage way and I spotted this bird in trouble.
“I stopped and put it in my van and took her to the nearest farm.
“The owner was a turkey breeder and said he would gladly take her but I couldn’t stand for her to end up on someone’s plate.
“I have eaten so much turkey over the years and I love it but I have now seen the error of my ways. I just can’t eat it any more – not while Tinsel is in my life.”
Andy’s Christmas obsession started one day in July, 1993.
He said: “It all started when I was feeling sad one day so I decided to put my decorations up – even though it was July. I cooked myself a Christmas dinner with all the trimming and had a glass or two of sherry. I felt great.
“I decided from then on that I was going to have Christmas every day of the year and I haven’t looked back since.
“My daughter is in her 20s now and thinks I’m crackers.”
Andy has gained five stone and spent over £200,000 on celebrating Christmas every day but has no plans to stop – except now he enjoys Christmas without the cooked turkey – enjoying the company of Tinsel instead.