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New retro cafe opens at Horden Youth 7 Community Centre

From left,Bunty Welch, Chloe Sennett, Mary Molyneux, Edna Connor, Margaret Wake, Steve Clark (standing), Enid Gowland

From left,Bunty Welch, Chloe Sennett, Mary Molyneux, Edna Connor, Margaret Wake, Steve Clark (standing), Enid Gowland

PEOPLE can step back in time as a centre opened a new retro cafe.

Horden Youth & Community Centre, in the village’s Eden Street, has opened a 1950s-style venue called Bella Coffee.

The cafe is open from 11.30am to 3pm every Thursday where visitors can drink frothy coffee and reminisce about the days when Moscardini’s and Saporiti’s were the places to meet your friends in the village.

It has opened after bosses won a Community Chest Grant from Durham County Council.

It is aimed at over-65s and the menu in shillings, there is a mini jukebox and checked tablecloths.

“So many things to attract the over-60s seem to be focused on the war years,” said Dee Stobie, facilities co-ordinator for the centre.

“I think younger generations forget that people who turn 65 this year were actually born in 1949, and their early memories are more about Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley than Vera Lynn or Gracie Fields.”

So when the application was made for the grant, which targets activities for older people, the coffee bar was one of the first things centre staff thought about launching.

“It seemed a bit different as well as being fun. And the coffee is excellent.” Dee added.

Everyone is welcome, no matter what their age, but over 65s get the first drink at “Bella’s” free.

HYCC hopes that the coffee bar will soon become popular as a meeting place for those who were there the first time around.

They are also asking local people to share any memories or photographs of Horden’s meeting places of yesteryear.

“Lots of people say that they remember Moscardini’s and Saporiti’s, but then that’s all they tell us,” Dee said. “We would love to learn more.”

 

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