Angela Filippi, the little girl in the photograph, has fond memories of visiting her Aunt Mary in the cafe in Ayr. She remembers being spoiled with sweeties and ice cream. A visit to the cafe was also a treat for her father who enjoyed his espresso, made by the coffee machine which was brought all the way over from Italy. The Newton Cafe in Ayr was one of the original Italian owned cafes that were common features of coastal towns in the West of Scotland.
Mary and her family moved to Scotland from Italy in the early twentieth century, along with many other Italians, leaving behind rural poverty and hoping to start a new life in the UK.