I was sad to hear of the death of Keith Austin, reported in your paper, last week, and wanted to say that I am hoping you may include, in your tribute, this week, that my sister and I have great memories of when Keith ran The Den, coffee bar, in the Cliffe, during the 1960s.
It gave us teenagers somewhere to go, then, with Keith at the helm, there was always interesting conversations, and the best hot chocolate around, with music from the Juke box, and a pintable to play on.
There was somewhere to leave your crash helmets (on top of the juke box) while you went, next door to the Odeon cinema. Great days. And good memories of Keith.
I hope the bonfire societies will find a way of remembering Keith’s long term involvement with them, in the way that Tom Wheeler (founder of the South Street Juveniles) is still remembered to this day.
I look forward to reading your tribute, and hopefully a nice picture included of Keith as well.