Petrol present for motorists

Motorists in Letterkenny got more than they bargained for when they pulled into one of the town’s best known filling stations on Wednesday.

Motorists in Letterkenny got more than they bargained for when they pulled into one of the town’s best known filling stations on Wednesday.

They actually got twice as much as they bargained for when the fuel on sale at the Dry Arch Excol Filling station in Bonagee, opposite the Clanree Hotel, sold off its remaining petrol and diesel for half price before it closed its doors yesterday afternoon.

After the word leaked out that the half price sale was on, drivers from the local area began to fill the forecourt.

Soon a line of cars snaked out onto the main road. By the afternoon the queue stretched almost a mile down the road to the Port Bridge.

As well as the half price fuel, the adjoining convenience store also held a sale with all stock going for half price.

It was a busy morning for Robert Spence, who was leasing the premises up until yesterday, and his staff, as all stock had to be cleared from the business to make way for the new owners who are expected to move in shortly.

It’s an ill wind that blows some good and one female motorist in the queue said she knew it took approximately 95 euro to fill her car.

After the sale she drove out with a full tank for 45 euro. Many others filled cans and Jerry cans to make the most of the closing down deal.