Rock & Roll ovens

A bit of Rock & Roll (Café) history is now on display; their long-awaited expansion at the rear of the cafe has revealed the old bakery ovens from the time when the historic building at 55 Burringbar St Mullumbimby housed Grays Bakery.

According to Suzie Gray, the bakery was purchased by her grandfather, christened Australian Ernest, from Montecollum and then passed on to her father Ronald Gray and his wife Beverley. Bread was sold from the front of the building (currently occupied by Oh Hang It Pot It) and the ovens were in the rear.

Easter buns were made by the children in the ‘spare room’ currently occupied by Frankie God of Hair; Suzie recalls baking being a tough job with her father working long hours, even with the assistance of young apprentice Bruce Pepper, who still lives in Mullumbimby.

Rock & Roll Café proprietors Trent and Michael in front of the historical ovens. You can still see the smoke on the walls (above). How times have changed. Suzie Gray and her brother in front of Grays Bakery c1970s (right).

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