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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Young Daisy ensures that museum's new café makes the cut

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity has performed the official opening of a new café in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes with a little help from a local youngster.

Making the cut .. Daisy performs the opening with help from Sir Gary Verity.
Sir Gary cut the ribbon at The Firebox Café with six-year-old Daisy Allenby whose mum and dad – Stage 1 Cycles owners Helen Pollard and Mike Allenby – started the business and are running it on a franchise basis.

The couple have also relocated their cycle hire and repair business from Askrigg into the museum complex, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and is located in part of the town’s former railway station. The cycle business was established as a result of the Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014 – Stage 1 of the world-famous race.

Sir Gary said: “Firebox Café is a fantastic addition to the tourism offering in Hawes and will help to boost the local economy. Hopefully it will build on the work currently under way to brand the Town Foot area as the Shepherds Quarter and provide a better experience for visitors by encouraging them to experience the whole town during their stay.

“The name ‘Firebox’ was chosen to make links to the Dales Countryside Museum site – the café is situated in the waiting room of the old Hawes railway station and railway workers cooked bacon and eggs on a clinker shovel in the firebox on the train.

“When Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France back in 2014, we hoped it would inspire more people to take up cycling and discover the joy of riding a bike.

“We also hoped to inspire, encourage and support businesses to help grow Yorkshire’s cycling community – and Helen, Mike and their daughter Daisy have done exactly that.”

Helen said: “We have been incredibly pleased with how the business has developed in such a short time. We have had very positive feedback about our coffee, food and atmosphere.

“Easter trading was very positive, with all types of customers visiting us, and we hope with the warmer weather that the biking community will continue to return to explore the Dales and use our services.

“The national park authority staff and the local community have been enormously supportive of our new business. Already we have such a following of our Roost coffee that we have introduced a loyalty card to reward our regular local customers.

“And our community biking groups have restarted, offering subsidised biking activities for local children and adults and they have been generously supported.”

Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “The café has really taken off and it is a fantastic addition to the attractions already on offer in the museum and in the town. It means that visitors have one more reason to stay in Hawes longer – and to come back again.”

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