Friday, June 26, 2009
I settled down to a new life and have always found the café a home from home. It is a part of my life and when I travel I like to know it is there to comfort me. This is something really English and I treasure it. It is odd to think it has been there all the years I have lived here. your father was always there and now it is you, David . keep up the good work, we love you and the staff. Congratulations!
Best wishes and thank you for being there Heather (Hacker) North Laine.
26 June 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I was an art student in 1970-71 and came every day the cafe was open.
I am so glad that the cafe has not been replaced by a trendy plastic version of what was my favourite place.
Long may it continue and long live the Rock Cakes!
p.s. lovely lunch too!
Reg the Regular
Through being a member of ‘Brighton Friends’, Reg enjoys supporting and attending various concerts in Brighton. With this passion for music, Reg is also a great fan of the Sunday Concerts that take place on the grass outside the Cafe in the summer, as well as the musicians such as Sam the Opera singing lady, and Micheal the guitarist who are also regular performers. When hearing Sam sing ‘The Dutch Song’ Reg is emotionally transported to a Cafe in Aachen, Germany (Just above the German border) . This Cafe, also situated outside, reminds him very much of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe due to the beautifully kept gardens, and lovely coffees and homemade cakes!
Reg thoroughly enjoys coming to the cafe everyday as he says that it holds a very happy atmosphere, with some very talented performers. He also described the Cafe as an ‘Oasis’, and without it the Pavilion gardens would be lost.
Royal Stories from Ray
For example when Lord Snowdon, married to Princess Margret at the time, turned up in his Volvo estate ready for a photography exhibition at the Dome. Due to not being previously warned, and the Prince not having not been escorted, Ray, surprised to suddenly be faced with the Lord, and had to soon apologise for refusing his entry through the gates when believing it a joke!
Another scenario revolving around the lack of police escort, was when Prince Edward was joined by John Cleese and other actors for the premiere of ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ at the old cinema in East Street. With a reception being held at The Pavilion the cars were to be parked in the grounds – warned of this and left alone, told to only open the gates when the police escort arrived, you can image the surprise that Ray had when a horn beeped, and the drivers side window slowly rolled down to reveal Prince Edward, having driven himself, sitting patiently, awaiting the opening of the gates!
Another encounter with the Royal Family was with the recent visit to The Royal Pavilion from the Queen when granting Brighton and Hove city status. Having been left on the door of the drawing room, Ray, having caught the sight of a stunning diamond broach ventured across the room to get a closer look. As he lent in to examine the gorgeous flower shaped broach Ray was taken aback by the large police woman behind him saying ‘You can look but you can’t touch’. He soon realised that the coat, proudly fashioning the broach, was in fact owned by the Queen herself!
The centre of the world
Abba at the Brighton Dome
I remember Abba arriving for the Eurovision Song Contest in a old van. Following their triumph with Waterloo they left the Dome in a Rolls Royce, headed for London.
The rest, as they say, is history.