Whitburn Village Cafe celebrates 50 years of serving up delights as it goes from strength-to-strength
A popular cafe has celebrated half a century of serving customers.
The Whitburn Village Cafe, in Front Street, has been an institution for five decades, and owners Francis and Peter Hopper say the business is better than ever as it welcomes visitors from all over the globe.
The husband-and-wife team first bought and launched the cafe fifty years ago in 1972 and went about making it a central part of village life.
The couple say they were blown away by the achievement of being open for half a century and were delighted to see the community come out to celebrate.
Peter said: “It was only a very small front shop when we first started and over the years we’ve extended right out the back.
"When we first started we would mainly just get local people visiting but we get them from all over now. Even people from Australia come her during their holiday.
Francis added: “It felt really good celebrating 50 years, it was a really nice day. It was great to have people celebrating with us and feels really good to be so valued by the community.
Whitburn Councillor Tracy Dixon, who also attended the celebrations, praised the dedication of Peter and Francis over the last 50 years.
“I’ve known Francis and Peter for many years. The Whitburn Cafe has been an integral part of our village and community. It’s very much a family business and they welcome both local residents and visitors to South Tyneside like family.
"They’ve worked really hard and tirelessly for the last 50 years and are a real asset to the community.”
The cafe has seen some changes over the last fifty years, growing in size and adding a professional chef in order to offer greater menu options.
After reaching 50 years, Peter and Francis, who are both in their 70s, are starting to think about retirement where they will be able to enjoy some more holidays together.