My Weekend Job

A Memory of Dorking

WOW, I never thought that I would see this post card again. Yes, that's me doing my weekend job as a waitress at the funky new Wimpy bar on Boxhill. My name was Vanessa Howard and I lived at Ismanola, Boxhill Road.

Reputed to be one of the first in the UK, locals, mods and rockers, and day trippers flocked to buy their Wimpy and Chips and Coffee, Knickerbocker Glory, Pepsi Cola in a glass bottle and all else Wimpy by the thousands. Hot doughnuts were a speciality with queues of folk waiting anxiously for their fix at 4d each or 4 for 1/-.

Folk marvelled at the huge picture window which overlooked Dorking.

Astute locals would return the glass Pepsi bottles to get the 3d deposit - it was quite a lucrative way of earning a bit of pocket money.

Oh! and the washing up on a Bank Holiday was never ending!

Situated opposite Upper Farm, the Wimpy bar was previously a tea garden and now is a restaurant.

A memory shared by Vanessa Burgess , on Oct 27th, 2010.

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