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American diner in Swadlincote brings back teen years

The former students were delighted to look around their old hang-out

A group of former American high school students have travelled to Swadlincote to visit the same diner in which they used to spend their evenings.

The class of '57 made the long trip after discovering 'Murphy's Diner', their favourite Massachusetts haunt, had ended up in South Derbyshire.

The metal building was bought in 1997 and shipped to Church Gresley to reopen as 'The 50s American Diner'

For many of the students it was where they met their one true love.

School yearbook
The visitors enjoyed reminiscing as they looked back through their old school yearbook

One said: "We used to come and sit in here and hope that boys would arrive."

Others brought copies of their old yearbook and flicked through real menus from the venue's former life.

Owner Trisha Whitehouse said: "It's so wonderful to meet people who used to eat in this venue when it was actually in situ in the States."

She and partner Jeff Laight bought the diner on an internet auction site on a whim and have since ploughed thousands of pounds into restoring it.

Now visitors travel from far and wide to take a peek at what Trisha and Jeff believe is the largest American diner in the UK.

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