Who remembers the dear old Number Ten in 1960s Norwich?
PUBLISHED: 11:55 15 October 2012
They played such a big part of so many young lives at the birth of the beat boom - the "caffs." In Norwich the Number Ten and a number one place.
It was a second home for a generation of Norwich teenagers in the swinging 60s – especially the rockers who loved the dear old Number Ten... a cafe with such a special atmosphere you could almost reach out and touch it.
Thanks for all your memories of the “caffs” which played such a big part of young lives at the birth of the beat boom.
They were sparked by the tale about a get together for the Boundary Buttery boys and girls where the rockers gathered with their motorcycles in the 1960s.
“The bike,” recalled Mick Rainbird, “was everything and the Buttery was a magical place with a real buzz.”
But there was another haunt, much nearer the city centre, which many of you also loved – the Number Ten on Thorpe Road, opposite the train station.
This picture comes from Steve Streeter, and he is sure it will bring back a whole host of happy memories.
“We were the Number Ten gang. The likes of Sandra Mills, Eddie Nicholson, Gerry Jones, Maggie Banham and many, many more.
“We went to the old picture houses, the Blue/Bamboo Rooms and anywhere for a laugh but we always returned to the Number Ten – every night and weekend,” said Steve. “The cafe was run by a couple of wonderful ladies called Liz and Titch and although there was never any trouble, woe betide any mischief makers. They were banned, usually for an hour or so, then they would creep back and all would be forgiven,” he added.
And Steve also remembers some of the bus crews who used the cafe, including people such as Tony Frost and Mick Cracknell. “They became good friends.”
Times have changed. The Number Ten, The Boundary Buttery and the 3C’s are no more.
“What has happened to the buildings is a great loss. We are very sad at what has happened. They held such precious memories.”
So we know where the rockers went in 60s Norwich but what about the Mods? Other “caffs” that spring to mind include The Cloverleaf on Dove Street, which closed in the 1970s, and the Cosy Cafe which shut up shop in the 80s.
If you have any memories or photographs of your favourite place to share please get in touch at me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a line – Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.