Do you remember that Groby once had
a transport café? It was situated at the bottom of the
hill on the Leicester Road, where Dalby Drive begins.
Samuel Waldron was the proprietor, well
known for his café on Southgate Street in Leicester. Growing
up in the 1940s in Groby opposite this establishment, I found
it fascinating to watch the comings and goings. Lorries parked
erratically in the driveway and alongside the road.
There was great excitement in the early
1950s when Mr Waldron decided to create tennis courts to the
rear of the property. One of the men who worked for him told
us, "they would be as good as Toller Road", apparently
this was high praise. The work proceeded and a tramcar arrived
to become the changing rooms. Our family played some tennis there
but it wasn't long before weeds forced themselves through the
tarmac, spoiling the game somewhat! My brother and I enjoyed
playing in the tram, taking it for many imaginary journeys.
The café seemed very popular
with lorry drivers, the same cannot be said for the tennis courts.
I can't remember when the café closed. If you have memories
of the café, please let us know. Sam Waldron was a real
character, many still remember him I'm sure.
By Gill Waldram