Monday saw an event more meaningful than anything that has happened in recent times in Thornton Heath – a new KFC opens its doors.

Excitement had been building on the streets of Thornton Heath for days, weeks, months and years especially since the chicken shop has said it will be giving away ‘limited edition’  t-shirts and food to customers.

Monday June 26th  2017 will now forever more  go down in local history as Kentucky Fried Chicken Day.

Queues are expected to form around The Pond to sample the fast food chains amazing cuisine aka  deep fried ‘chicken’ in bread crumbs which is apparently finger lickin’ good.

But remember only the first 100 customers who arrive at the KFC food bank when it opens at a midday will receive the t-shirt and meal voucher of up to a massive £5.

Never before has anything quite so incredible happened since Dick Turpin stole some chickens from a farm off Parchmore Road and sold them for a few guineas on the High Street to some guy called Colonel Sanders.

Chicken fanatics had been in mourning since the KFC closed on London Road earlier this year and took to Twitter to complain they could no longer get their chicken fix despite there being more chicken shops in Thornton Heath than you can swing a leg bone at. Chicken shops even have there own chicken connoisseur Pengeest Munch who gets hundreds of thousands of views from chickenaholics wanting to read his clucking reviews on which chicken shops sells the tastiest chicken.

KFC couldn’t secure the services of a local legend and takeaway addict Stormzy to open the KFC in the old Barclays building on the corner of Brigstock Road/London Road, because he was too busy eating  pizza at Glastonbury.

But no expense has been spared as KFC bosses have  instead booked a band and internet sensation Michael Dapaah who will no doubt be sure to get a £5 all you can eat voucher for their services.

The store opening will create 20  new jobs which can only be commended.

Local newspapers  have been keen to promote in glowing terms articles lauding the arrival of the new KFC  (look out for the subsequent paid for advertising) and Twitter has been buzzing with the amazing news of the opening of a KFC.

According to the KFC spokeswoman: “We’re now bringing an iconic restaurant with all the trimmings to Thornton Heath.”

I think we will all be waking up happier people tomorrow in the knowledge that we are living within walking space of not just a  takeaway that sells breaded fried chicken but an iconic restaurant that sells yes you’ve guessed it breaded fried chicken.