The Verreccia family of the Imperial Café:
some old photos, mainly of the family and Burntisland

 

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     Verrecchia headstoneAlbert (Umberto) and Angelina (neé Massarella) Verrecchia owned the Imperial Café at the east end of Burntisland High Street from the 1920s (possibly earlier) until 1946, when it was sold to the Macari family. The Verrecchia memorial in Burntisland cemetery (pictured right, courtesy of John Burnett) provides an impressive and lasting reminder of the family.
     The Imperial Café is still a café, now called "Food for Thought" and owned by Bruce and Sarah Stuart. Over the years the Verrecchia family lived in second and third storey flats in the Porte Buildings (literally above the shop), and also in the house now known as Gruinard in Kinghorn Road.
     Albert and Angelina Verrecchia had six children - Elina, Alfred, Iolanda, Erico, Victor and Anita. Alfred served in the Black Watch in the Second World War.
     Anita (married surname Perna) now lives in Canada. She has many happy memories of Burntisland, where she was born in 1928. Her most recent visit to the town was in November 2014, when she was accompanied by her daughter Lorena. They stayed at Gruinard, Anita's old family home and the house in which she was born; it is now a guest house. She brought a collection of old photos with her, and I'm delighted to be able to add a selection of them to the website (see below).


Albert Verrecchia.jpg
Albert Verrecchia
Anita Verrecchia in Hullards' back garden, March 1940.jpg
Anita Verrecchia in Hullards' back garden, March 1940
Black Watch - Alfred Verrecchia back row, 2nd from left.jpg
Black Watch - Alfred Verrecchia back row, 2nd from left
Black Watch - Alfred Verrecchia back row, 3rd from right.jpg
Black Watch - Alfred Verrecchia back row, 3rd from right
Harry Robertson (with cap) (late 1940s) 1.jpg
Harry Robertson (with cap) (late 1940s) 1
Harry Robertson (with cap) (late 1940s) 2.jpg
Harry Robertson (with cap) (late 1940s) 2
High Street outside Imperial Cafe.jpg
High Street outside Imperial Cafe
High Street, August 1933.jpg
High Street, August 1933
High Street.jpg
High Street
Imperial Cafe (probably pre Second World War).jpg
Imperial Cafe (probably pre Second World War)
Italian prisoners of war in Second World War (location unknown).jpg
Italian prisoners of war in Second World War (location unknown)
Porte Buildings balcony.jpg
Porte Buildings balcony
Probably Burntisland School c1900 - Angelina Massarella 3rd row from back, 4th from left; born Leith 1888.jpg
Probably Burntisland School c1900 - Angelina Massarella 3rd row from back, 4th from left; born Leith 1888
Promenade, August 1931 1.jpg
Promenade, August 1931 1
Promenade, August 1931 2.jpg
Promenade, August 1931 2
Promenade.jpg
Promenade
Swimming pool 1.jpg
Swimming pool 1
Swimming pool 2.jpg
Swimming pool 2
The Links.jpg
The Links

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