Regent Ice Cream Parlor Comment - a Memory of Sutton.

Not sure what glyn.brian7 was seeing out the back of the Regent Cafe, but my mum and dad ran a cafe on weekends in Chipstead at the entrance to Banstead woods from the late 1940's until the early 60's and my dad was the only other person as best I know that Tony Capaldi allowed to sell his ice cream. We went to Tony's cafe every week to pick up the ice cream, and I spent half my childhood into my teenage years there. Tony often took us in the back into the "factory," where there were very large floor-to-ceiling shiny steel (stainless steel?) containers that the ice cream was made in. It came out of a tap at the bottom into steel containers about 15" high that we then loaded into our van. For a while my dad had a blue Bedford van that he converted to an ice cream van and sold Tony's ice cream all around the area where we then lived (Chipstead and Coulsdon). Tony would always make a 99 wafer specially for me - he knew I liked them better than cornets. We also did the 99 wafers and cornets from our ice cream van and from our cafe on the downs just like Tony did them. We would get huge long lines at our cafe on warm days, especially during bluebell season. Tony and my dad were good friends and I spent many an hour perched on one of the stools in The Regent Cafe eating my ice cream or in the factory in the back while Tony and my dad chatted. I went to Sutton High school, and often went to Tony's for an ice cream after school or on my dinner hour. Some other threads characterize Tony as grumpy, but I remember him as very kind.

A memory shared by carocatsaak on Mar 12th, 2017. Send carocatsaak a message.

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Mon May 14th 2018, at 2:37 pm
kenr commented:
In 1958, I used to work for T Capaldi, as a youngster, making sure the crowds on the weekend didnt block the sidewalk and the line went down the side of the parlor rather than up the high street. I knew the son quite well and often used to visit their house and help the son catch frogs from their pond in the backyard. Sutton was a great place to grow up as a youngster. I used to ride my bike most sunny weekends down to Belmont downs and across the many paths in the Downs. It was a truly terrific childhood. Been back recently, and the area, Sutton, Carlshalton, Croydon etc. has certainly changed for the worst. Wouldnt feel safe on the high street late at night, saw a lot of low I Q types, The Downs have been built over, still some nice residential areas in South Sutton, but looking old and tired. Because of the location, near London, the property prices are very high, but certainly the location is the only thing to recommend the place these days. I prefer my memories from the 50s, including a huge crush I had on Monica Helen Hill. Father was a policeman and they lived in the married quarters in Sutton Police station. Funny what we remember.
Fri May 18th 2018, at 8:01 am
radioman51 commented:
Found this site and it bought back lovely memories of my childhood in Sutton. I was born at 8 Elm Grove and subsequently moved into 9 Elm Grove. I knew most of the people in the terrace, Mrs Black, Mr and Mrs Gadd Mr and Mrs Clarke Mr and Mrs Kemp (our next door neighbours) the Rowlands on the other side Peter was my cousin, my mum was a Feltham and married George Stevens. My sister was Maureen and last but not least in the end house was Mr and Mrs Skinner and their son Dennis. We never had much as money was tight but I had a wonderful childhood in the Grove. We now live in Poole Dorset a far cry from Sutton and I never manage to get back there these days (advanced age). Any body who wnats to send me a message please feel free.
Roy Stevens

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