Huge slice of history could disappear

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th August 2012, 1:32 pm

SIR, - On reading “Coldingham beach cafe faces closure”, I was immediately transported back to 1967 and my first summer job as a student.

I lived in Eyemouth but studied in Glasgow and when I came home for the summer, my father had already received a phone call from Mrs Pam Giacopazzi of the “top shop” in Eyemouth, the “top shop” being the fish and chip shop in the High Street. She was looking for someone to work for her and she offered me a job for five and a half days a week for £4 which was a small fortune.

I learnt to polish the chrome and bakelite counter, serve teas and coffees and fish suppers, wrapped up in newspaper, sweeties in white paper bags and cones, sliders and 99’s. Eventually I graduated to the chip fryer and I can remember cooking breakfasts on the grill for the fishermen. The picture house, the Eildon Cinema, was still running at that time and and the queues for fish and chips stretched along the street. I absolutely loved it! I wore a very fetching orange nylon overall with a white broderie anglais inset and a Mary Quant haircut and thought myself the bee’s knees.

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Then the “top shop” began to take a half day on a Thursday. Mr Lawrence Giacopazzi would often tootle off in his ice-cream van and park at the pier head to sell ice-cream to the visitors. But the family also owned the cafe at Coldingham Sands and I think this was a place very dear to his heart. And that’s when I started working on Thursday afternoons at the beach cafe. We used to go up to Coldingham in the ice-cream van and I came to know the regulars and the holiday makers.

Teas were served in cups, no saucers, on tin trays which customers took with them on to the beach - and they were all returned. There were biscuits and sweeties, buckets and spades, fishing nets, armbands and kites. There was sand on the floor and the sun seemed to shine every day. I worked in both the “top shop” and the cafe for three summers and wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

If the beach cafe is forced to close, a huge slice of social history will disappear. There are still families who wouldn’t have anything else than a bucket and spade holiday with families returning every year and generations of the same families carrying on the tradition.

This is not a big problem in the scheme of things and if both sides saw sense and came to an amicable agreement, the cafe could well remain open. Couldn’t it?


St Andrews Drive,

Bridge of Weir.

BGH Unit to benefit

SIR, - Our annual money raising event for charity this year produced over £900 for the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the BGH. I would like to express our grateful thanks to all who took part in arranging and those who attended our fete in Reston on August 12, you all made it very worthwhile.




(On behalf of Ayton and Burnmouth, Foulden and Mordington and Grantshouse, Houndwood and Reston Churches).

Table top sale

SIR, - On behalf of Coldingham SWRI I would like to thank everyone who supported our Local Crafts and Table Top Sale on August 18 and made it such a success. There was a lovely variety of goods for sale as well as refreshments and the event raised over £300. Many thanks to all stallholders and customers and also our members who donated items and worked so hard on the day.


Abbey Park Steading,


RNLI benefits from 90th birthday

SIR, - May I through your paper thank everyone for the cards, flowers and gifts received on my 90th birthday. The generous donations to the RNLI amounted to £355. Grateful thanks to George and staff for the excellent buffet.


Albert Road,


Charity darts event

SIR, - May I, through your paper, thank everybody for supporting my charity darts event for Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday, August 19. Thanks to all the shopkeepers, publicans and businesses in Eyemouth. Thanks also go to Berwick Rangers FC, Morrisons, the Plough at Allerdean, the Cross Inn, Paxton, Foxtons and the Bank of Scotland, Eyemouth, for their donations. A special thanks must go to Alan Cook Joiners for sponsoring the trophies and Douglas and staff at The Tavern for their hospitality. The total raised was £350. Winners were Neil Goodlet and Bruce Bell and the runners-up were Des Renton and Kenney Porter.


Gunsgreen Crescent,


RNLI thanks

SIR, - The members of the Burnmouth RNLI Branch would like to thank the people of Paxton, Hutton, Foulden, Mordington, Lamberton and Burnmouth for their support in the recent annual house-to-house collections. The total sum collected was £517.47 Once again many thanks.



Some chance!

SIR, - Regarding “Council facing hefty fine for security breach” - some chance. It will be the Council Tax payers who foot the bill! The Information Commissioners should levy the fine on the personal assets of those responsible for ensuring the security breach did not occur.



School Road,


Eyemouth High School Peru trip thanks

SIR, - We would like to thank everyone who helped our Peru 2013 Trip coffee morning in Coldingham Village Hall and our stall at the Eyemouth RNLI fete on Saturday, August 25. Together we raised approximately £400, taking us nearer the £12,500 our group is committed to raising. Congratulations to Marianne Karsgaard the winner of the treasure map. A special thanks to Eyemouth RNLI fund raising committee for allowing us to join them. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next event - a car wash, Eyemouth Fire Station, 9.30-12.30pm on Saturday, September 15.


Eyemouth High School Peru 2013 participants.

Victoria Lodge grateful

SIR, - On behalf of Friends of Victoria Lodge, Coldstream, I would like to thank all who turned out to our coffee morning on August 25 for their support and generosity. I also wish to thank the many kind people who donated raffle prizes, those who baked and all those who so willingly helped on the day. The coffee morning raised £538 and will go a long way in helping with the development of the rear patio garden at Victoria Lodge and other projects.Thank you all very much.


On behalf of Friends of Victoria Lodge.

House to house collection

SIR, - I should like to take this opportunity of thanking the residents of Coldingham for their generous support for the house to house collection which was held in July. The final sum raised was £537.41 but with the tax which will be claimed back on the Gift Aid certificates, the sum will be nearer £600. It is amazing that, in the present economic climate, the sum raised continues to rise each year and Mare Curie Cancer Care appreciates this generosity. If anyone is interested in joining the Fundraising Group please feel free to contact either our chairwomamn Sheila Massie on 01361883765 or myself on 01890771547. I can also be contacted by email on [email protected]



Berwickshire Fundraising Group,

Marie Curie Cancer Care.