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Were you a Boundary Buttery boy - or girl?

PUBLISHED: 15:56 05 September 2012

Buttery boys and girls

Buttery boys and girls

Archant

It was such a special place in Norwich of the 1960s - especially if you had a motorcyle. Now it's reunion time.

If you had, or wished you had, a motorcycle in Norwich during the swinging 60s, there was only one place to be – The Boundary Buttery.

Boys, and girls, would rush home from work, get changed, have their tea, and head for the Buttery, where their mates would be waiting for them.

“It was such a special place with a tremendous atmosphere. It was like our second home,” said Mick Rainbird. “The place had a real buzz about it. It was magical.”

If you were one of them, then this is your invitation to a reunion taking place this Friday (September 7) at the Thorpe St Andrew Social Club opposite The Griffin public house.

“We are having a get together and would love to see as many people as possible at the gathering for all the Buttery regulars,” said Mick.

They already know of about 60 people who will be turning up to meet old friends again, but would love to track down a few more, such as: Brian King, who lived near Acle and had a BSA Road Rocket; or Billy Mayhew, who rode a BSA Gold Star; and who knows the whereabouts of David Springall?

The glory days of The Buttery at the Boundary, which became Paul’s Bar, were between 1962 and 1967, when the place was packed with young motorcyclists.

“It was ideally situated, easy to get to. We would meet up there almost every night and during the day at weekends when we had days out,” said Mick, a mechanic who went on to run two businesses.

“Remember that in those days we had nothing. Just enough to pay for the bike and petrol.

“The bike was everything,” he said. “When I left school I worked for Taylors of Cringleford for just under £2 a week. But it was a good life. I wouldn’t want to be a teenager today,” added Mick. When they did manage to get a few pounds, enough for a pint, they would venture into the city and occasionally head for The Bedford Arms, where local rock bands would be playing.

They have had reunions in the past and this year Mick hopes to track down more people than ever before. “Although we have lost many old friends we know there are more about and we would love to find them and invite them along,” added Mick. So come on all you Boundary Buttery boys and girls. The place to be is the Thorpe St Andrew Social Club on Friday night – you never know who you might bump into.

Where was your favourite coffee bar in Norwich during the 1950s, 60s and 70s? If you have any memories or pictures drop me line at derek.james@archant.co.uk or write to me at prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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