A community café has re-opened its doors after a £120,000 refurbishment and expansion.
Café 32, based in the Linskill Centre in North Shields, will be officially opened on February 16, after the centre’s AGM.
Pat Brown and Dorothy Mitchinson, who were awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours after starting the café while saving the centre in 2004, will perform the honours.
Pat said: “We never thought that a kettle and a box of tea bags would lead to this.
“It’s tremendous seeing people enjoy their cuppas and eating great food in what was once an old classroom.
“Café 32 has really brought the old school up to date.”
Linskill chief executive Simeon Ripley said: “The Centre is very proud of them. They have given tireless energy and commitment to local people through volunteering at Linskill for many years and it will be an honour for us to have them open Café 32.”
Both Pat and Dorothy are ex-Linskill High School pupils, and have been part of Linskill for over 60 years.
They both contributed their school memories to the Centre’s successful Heritage Lottery Fund funded research project into the school’s history, which was celebrated during Heritage Open Days 2015.
Café32 is presently open each weekday from 8am to 4pm and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.