60s coffee bars and bikes Archive Originally posted by Wavey My Mom used to take us in the Sidewalk(?) on Chapel Walk.
that must have been in the 60s coz I coach outlet atlanta classic cars was only a scopperdiddle. I seem to remember it was full of sophisticated people reading books and the coach store locator like LOL I remember the big coach bags fans on the ceiling and the fantastic smell of coffee. Not many mods and rockers as far as I can remember though. The Roman Room used to open untill 1.00am, and I often missed my last bus home trying to impress the latest lady. The atmosphere was really cool for the time, and I remember thinking that it was the best place in town. When you think back Sheffield was a pretty groovy place for the time, we had jazz clubs, really good dance halls (Locarno and the City Hall), good rock pubs, loads of trendy coffe bars, and heaps of budding musical talent. I reckon anyone who lived through the 60's really lived in evolving times, certainly as far as music was concerned. But reading this thread sure brought some memories back! During the last couple of years of the 50's and the early 60's I was a frequent nite timer at most of the coffe bars mentioned here. I was also a Saturday lunch timer at the Sidewalk on Chapel Walk too For some of that time I rode what I think was the first Royal Enfield Cruisader Sports to arrive in Sheffield, which I bought from Wilf Green on London Road. I still have happy memories of that bike even though I've had other more modern and more powerful bikes since then.... and I remember the Aerial Leader mentioned here too. There was also an Aerial "Golden" Arrow around town at that time as I recall Quite a group of us bikers used the Disc Jockey as our base. We would meet up there in the early evening to find out where the action would be that night, then off we'd ride to.... wherever! Sometimes it was to a party, or to another coffee bar (and often there would be nothing happening when we got there, so we would just head back to our DJ base). Other times we'd head off to a Sheffield or Derbyshire pub, or a dance hall, where we could watch a group (and have some fun in the process, of course) But very often there was no "action" in prospect, so we would stay at the DJ and generate some action of our own by playing the juke box, annoying the staff, and drinking bottles of "Jubbly" (have I remembered that name correctly? I'm not 100% sure). We would often punctuate these evening with a blast up and down London Road (silencers with baffles removed were de rigueur, of course!) and we'd generally "have a laugh" Looking back they really were the "good times." They were full of laughter, jokes, pranks but almost always it was all just "harmless" fun.... even if the perception from an outsider's point of view might well have been completely different! We were never a "gang," just coach clothing outlet a casual group of bikers (and of course some who used to be bikers and others who didn't ride but just liked to be there anyway) who met up to have a laugh.... and boy did we laugh! There was a down side to all of this though, and that was the occasional death of a pal. Motorcycling has never been the safest form of transport, and accidents are inevitable no matter how careful one rides but did we ride caerfuly in those days now that's one thing I just can't remember ;) Happy days....
most of them anyway!The sidewalk was often used by the Sheffield pop groups, It was the place to be seen in Dave Berry was a regular, Joe Cocker was another, Jonny Hawk the Falcons who became Bitter Suite I think, because the lads from the groups came in, so did the girls, hoping to get chatting to them, there was the Teenage tavern opposite the Peace gardens,(this was really Marsdens Milk bar) but when teenage cafes opened up they converted the basement. I remember going to the Jester too (and I'd forgotten that name is it just me with the terrible memory?). It's great to be reminded of all the places I used to go to.
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