Reader’s letter: Do you remember Norma and Alan Ray at the Greasy Spoon cafe?

Alan Ray working behind the counter at the Greasy Spoon cafe.Picture: Russell Ray

Alan Ray working behind the counter at the Greasy Spoon cafe.Picture: Russell Ray - Credit: Archant

I read your article last week about the possible move of the association for the blind on Hall Quay.

Seeing the picture brought back some memories and a quest that I have been meaning to follow up for years.

The current building was probably built late 1969 or 1970 as before it was a cafe called the Greasy Spoon during the 60s run by my parents Norma and Alan Ray.

My mum often boasted she made hamburgers for the American forces. I only have the one picture of the building and one of my father behind the counter.

I have memories of sitting on the balcony eating ice cream , the train running along the quay, the trees, walking to the post office on the corner and playing with the ramps to the golden galleon boat.


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I know the cafe had a coffee club and on the card it said for the young at heart.

It was quite a prominent building as everyday thousands of people would pass it coming over Haven Bridge.

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RUSSELL RAY

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