Morris dancers were up with the sun yesterday to dance in the new month and launch the new career of former Diss mayor Jane Trippett-Jones.
Ms Trippett-Jones is now the owner of the Angel Cafe on Denmark Green.
And her early customers yesterday were the morris dancers from Kenninghall and Hoxne who were ready for their breakfasts after their dawn dancing.
Ms Trippett-Jones describes herself as a “community-oriented person” and said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking over the Angel. It is so much more than a business, it is a real community hub.”
She has a one-word explanation for her new role as cafe owner: “Impetuosity.”
“Three weeks ago I was talking to (former owner) Sue who said the business was for sale. I have been here every day every day since then learning the ropes. Now here I am, very excited.”
Ms Trippett-Jones has taught cooking as a WEA lecturer and cooking for a large family has also helped to equip her for her new career.
As well as a cafe, the premises host activities which include flamenco dancing, yoga, drumming, a children’s theatre and art club.
“I have been touched by the lovely comments from people living in the vicinity when they heard I was taking it on and I am looking forward to continuing the fantastic work that Sue and Jess Nichols, the outgoing owners, have done,” she said.
The Angel Cafe is the latest chapter in the “life” of an historic building. In its time it has been a brewery, owned by Youngs, Crawshay and Youngs and subsequently by Watney-Mann until 1958. It then became a depot for soft drinks firm Baldrys and is still known by many as Baldry’s Yard.
The corner site was converted in the 1990s and now has flats and a community area where many of the activities take place.
The Angel, which specialises in all-day breakfasts, will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays and on Bank Holidays.
It has a Facebook page and a Twitter account @theangelcafe