The young Gio­vanni

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THE ECHO’S re­cent pull­out on Gio­vanni’s restaurants took me back al­most 60 years when I some­times helped out at my father-in-law’s gen­eral store in Grange­town.

Known as Ge­orge’s Model stores, his cor­ner shop in Rut­land Street was a block away from Gio­vanni’s par­ents’ fish and chip shop. They were a hand­some pair, and Gio­vanni’s mum would of­ten call in for a news­pa­per or some other item.

Back in those days, my fatherin-law had what was known as the penny box. This con­tained a va­ri­ety of sweets and lol­lipops which sold for – you’ve guessed it – an old penny. Young Johnny and his sis­ter Tina would care­fully se­lect the best value for their penny – Johnny’s busi­ness acu­men was ap­par­ent even then! I well re­mem­ber his smil­ing face, be­low a mop of curly hair, barely reach­ing the counter. His sis­ter worked for a time in How­ells store dur­ing my short time there, then moved on to Cam­brian Air­ways.

I’m in my eight­ies now but when­ever I pass one of his busi­ness ven­tures, my mem­o­ries take me back. Gwyn Jones Whitchurch, Cardiff

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