The owners of a Cornwall café have told of their bid to recover catering equipment damaged in the storms that battered the south west coast of England last week.
Jayne and Steve Gray, who run the Castle Beach Café in Falmouth, praised local hoteliers and friends for helping them clear rubble and remove catering equipment from the venue after the front and side walls of the building collapsed.
The pair now hope that they can get the café back up and running before the summer after it was “trashed” by repeated storms.
Volunteers helped them recover chest freezers, fridges, grilling equipment and a coffee machine from the wreckage using two lorries. Most of the equipment is now being stored by a local company.
Mr Gray told the West Briton newspaper: “It was like doing a jigsaw puzzle trying to find the bits of the chip fryer. The storm smashed up everything. It’s just a shell now with the roof propped up.”
The couple are now preparing to meet insurers this week to learn if they will need to flatten the café and start again, or rebuild on the remains.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen next,” he said. “We are insured up to a certain price for a complete rebuild and for contents. But we won’t know until we meet the loss adjusters.”