Café pair go ‘off the rails’ for thirsty travellers

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TWO WOMEN have decided to give rail travellers some welcome refreshments by opening up a station café on the Ipswich-bound platform at Bury St Edmunds Railway Station.

Amanda Heys, from Fornham All Saints, and Ann Milstead, from Brocksby Walk, Bury St Edmunds, both work at Alexander House children’s home in Bury and have decided to branch out and run the station café, which they are calling Off The Rails.

The two work shifts at the care home for 11 to 16-year-olds and will manage their time between the two jobs.

Amanda, who has run her own catering business previously, said: “The train station needs something like this. I’ve used the station quite a lot but there is nothing there for people.

“We reckon the taxi drivers and staff will appreciate something to eat and drink as well.”

The duo are hoping to take on a manager and also employ an apprentice or someone who is struggling to find work.

She said: “ Working in a children’s home you meet young people who have had a lot of knock backs. We want to give jobs to people who struggle to find work.”

The café, which opens on Monday, will supply teas, coffees, sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes between 6am and 6pm in what were three office rooms at the station. These have been redecorated and refurbished.