Hundreds attend opening of new Colne cafe

Lakeside Caf� at Ball Grove Country Park. (S)
Lakeside Caf� at Ball Grove Country Park. (S)
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With Ball Grove Park basking in freak Autumnal weather, hundreds flocked to the long awaited opening of Lakeside Café on Sunday.

“We were bowled over by the numbers who came”, said proprietress, Tracey Bolton. “We absolutely smashed it! The demand was so great, my new coffee machine packed up under the strain.

“Many thanks to all who have helped out over the last few months and on the day too. I’d especially like to thank my partner, Darren Williams, who is a roofer, but turned his hand to a myriad of trades while we were tackling the conversion.”

Tracey and her family spent months of hard work transforming the previously neglected storage barn to open the café and reopen the toilets at Ball Grove in Colne.

Andrew Stephenson MP opened the café and said: “Lakeside Café is a testament to vision and graft by Tracey and her family. People who saw the original building can’t believe what has been achieved here.

“It deserves to be a great success and I think it will be very popular, even when the weather isn’t as glorious as today.”

The focus at the café is firmly on families and dozens turned up on Sunday, with the children being kept busy by entertainers and face-painters. As a café in a country park known for its walks, dogs were also in evidence and are welcomed to the café. The proceeds of the raffle went to Friends of Ball Grove and the proceeds of the face-painting went to Lidgett and Beyond.