Pop­u­lar cafe rises from the ashes

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Ac­cring­tonNews

APOPULAR cafe is set to re­open six months af­ter a fire which ‘dev­as­tated’ the premises.

Gob­bin­ers Cof­fee Shop, on Union Road, Oswaldtwistle was gut­ted by a fire on Oc­to­ber 5 last year caused by a faulty elec­tri­cal fryer.

The cafe is owned by Chris­tine Han­non, 56, who runs it with her daugh­ter Court­ney Yates, 19.

The fire, which started in the cafe’s kitchen, left Chris­tine, who has run the busi­ness for 14 years ‘deeply up­set’.

No-one was in­side the cafe, or the flat above it, when the fire broke out and it is thought it had been burn­ing for a few hours be­fore the alert was raised.

Chris­tine said: “It was a ter­ri­ble time af­ter­wards. To see the dam­age was heart­break­ing.

“Every­thing was gone. It was dev­as­tated.

“When it had been cleaned up we just had the bare walls left.

“It was a ter­ri­ble end to the year as my whole liveli­hood was at risk.”

How­ever, Chris­tine was de­ter­mined to re­vive the cafe and since the start of the year, work has been go­ing on to re­build it.

She added: “The builders have been great and I’ve had a lot of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from my reg­u­lar cus­tomers.

“The cafe opened seven days a week and over the years it had be­come a meet­ing place for vin­tage car and mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts on their way to and from ral­lies as well as our loyal cus­tomers from around Oswaldtwistle.

“It will be so good to see them back here.”

Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions were be­ing made this week for the re­open­ing which is set for Fri­day, April 13 with the cafe then open from 8am un­til around 2pm each day.

Chris­tine said: “We’ve got the ta­bles and chairs in now so we’re nearly there. I’m look­ing for­ward to greet­ing cus­tomers and pre­par­ing my spe­cial ‘belly­buster’ break­fasts again.

“I’m just so glad we’re go­ing to be back on our feet from the end of this week.” Chris­tine said that there were var­i­ous the­o­ries on how the name Gob­bin­ers was coined but it is an of­ten used slang word for peo­ple from Oswaldtwistle.

A gob­bin was a piece of coal and a ‘gob­biner’ the per­son who pushed around the trol­leys and trail­ers.

The nearby ‘Gob­bin Lamp’ on Union Road sep­a­rates the town and true gob­bin­ers live ‘above the lamp’.

Ready to go again: Court­ney Yates and Chris­tine Han­non pre­pare to re­open Gob­bin­ers on Union Road, Oswaldtwistle and how it looked af­ter the fire

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