Happy mem­o­ries of Bar­ney

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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

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