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Boroughgate, number 96, Tommy's Cafe

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Boroughgate, number 96, Tommy
Description:
May 1981. Image shows Tommy's Cafe, located at number 96 Boroughgate. It was well known locally and much used by cyclists passing through Otley for many years. A sign in the window advertises 'pie & peas'. The entry for Tommy's Caterers, at this address, in the Thompson Local directory for 1981/82 reads "Whatever the occasion I will make it a feast at prices you can afford". The newsagent, D.& J. McCann at number 92 Boroughgate, is displaying a billboard with the headline "Ripper Verdict", referring to the trial of serial killer, Peter Sutcliffe, otherwise known as "the Yorkshire Ripper". Number 96 Boroughgate, the former Tommy's Cafe, is nowadays the premises of Cucina Pizza, a takeaway food establishment.

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Name:
Irvine Lawrence

Comment:
This cafe was owned by the Hartley family in the 1950's. I remember going wth my parents for Sunday lunch and being served by Peter the son. It was also frequented by cyclists oh what memories.

Date:
07-Oct-2010

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ijlawrence@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
John Wilkinson

Comment:
Tommy's Cafe was the mecca for serious cyclists in the sixties.Pint pot of refreshing tea and listen to all the latest rock songs on the juke box.I remember my favourite was Dell Shannon's hit RUNAWAY which we played over & over again until told to stop.The juke box had a photo of Elvis stuck to it from Jimmy Savile on which he wrote " To all the guys and gals at Tommy's Cafe from the king". Happy Days

Date:
04-Nov-2010

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johnwilkinson3@sky.com

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Name:
Ian Smith

Comment:
Hi Irvine Lawrence - I am sorry but you are mistaken. Hartley's cafe was further along Boroughgate (number 56), nearer to the town centre. It has been a Chinese Takeaway (The Great Wall) for many years. Tommy's Cafe (number 96) was open at the same time as Hartley's, it has been the Cucina Pizza Takeaway for many years. I, too, was a keen racing cyclist in the 1950's/60's and frequented both. Some cycling clubs had their AGM's and other functions at Hartleys as it had more 'upmarket' faciliities and also a function room upstairs. I knew Peter and his mother. - Ian

Date:
17-Dec-2010

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Name:
Kirky

Comment:
I too used to use Tommy's when out on the bike. There were some Sundays when the whole of the pavement was blocked with bikes! God help you if yours was at the back of the pile!! Seem to remember the chairs being like old church pews?? Ah.... Happy times an great memories.

Date:
10-Dec-2012

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