Happy memories of Barney
I WAS saddened to read that Barney had died.
All the kind letters about him linked him to Wimpy when in fact Barney became “famous” much earlier, as the man who made the coffee at the El Cabala.
For years he was there with John and Olive.
I reckon it must have opened around 1957.
The Cabala was bought as a 21st birthday present for Stanley Kushner by his parents and I am pretty sure Barney was there from day one.
Cappuccino was nine old pence a cup and our aim was to try to make one last all morning.
Sometimes we got away with it, and others we were told to leave.
I guess it was normal for us during school holidays to spend six or so hours a day in the Cabala.
It was very much Southport’s answer to Happy Days.
Barney was strict with us and I believe we all respected him for being so.
I can still so vividly see him standing behind his coffee machine.
May he rest in much deserved peace. Michael Goldstone via email