Cafe brings school back to life

Egton school children and staff dressed as victorians at the opening of Grosmont School Coffee Shop with owner Emily Thwaite and her husband ''w161624a
Egton school children and staff dressed as victorians at the opening of Grosmont School Coffee Shop with owner Emily Thwaite and her husband ''w161624a

CHILDREN in Victorian dress wearing their cute little bonnets skipped happily in the playground at Grosmont School while the boys played games.

It is a scene that has been lacking in Grosmont for certainly over 16 years but also harped back to when the school first opened almost 170 years ago.

The opening of the Old School Coffee Shop last Friday brought the former school building back to life with children from Egton School (where Grosmont youngsters now attend) donning the traditional dress of their predecessors.

The coffee shop has been opened by Bill Sanderson and his wife Emily Thwaite fulfilling a vision to bring the building which has stood empty for some time back to life.

And although with the help of BHD Partnerships the building is benefiting from modern technology but some blasts from the past do remain.

Emily said: “We are keen to involve children here, because of the building’s history. We have a Victorian double school desk, with a teacher’s desk, where children can sit and imagine times past.

“There is also a rocking horse for young children, and plenty of space outside for playing.

“At the opening the children’s presentation was wonderful, taking us back to the days when this was a Victorian School.

“And it was great to see and hear the children in the playground again. We hope people from Grosmont and the surrounding village will continue to enjoy coming here for our food and drinks, alongside the holidaymakers and visitors.”