Lanarkshire cafe owner’s tribute to ‘kind’ schoolchildren after hitting a thank you gift for staff

A cafe owner has paid tribute to five schoolboy “gentlemen” who have been coming to lunch for six years.

The band became part of the lunchtime furnishings at Agnes’ Place in Airdrie, helping out even when the cafe was particularly busy.

Owner Agnes McCann congratulated the boys after having a bouquet of flowers delivered to staff member Elayne Gentle, who looked after them from grades one to six.

She told Glasgow Live: “The boys are absolute gentlemen. They’ve been coming here four days a week since they started school and they’ve never been a problem.

“They are a lovely group of boys who are a credit to their parents. They all used their own money to buy flowers for Elayne and delivered them with a card. Elayne always looked after them when they were home. inside and they have a very nice relationship.

“They often help out if the cafe is busy by clearing tables, not for money, just to be nice.

“They always placed their orders over the phone ahead of time, which is a godsend when you have 40-50 school kids at a time.”

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Before graduating from St Margaret’s Secondary School for good, they had flowers and a card delivered to Elayne to say thank you.

But sadly Elayne was gone with covid the day they stopped for their last lunch.

Agnes decided to invite them back for a treat so they could say goodbye to their favorite member of staff and of course Elayne was delighted to see them leave with stomachs full of food.

Agnes added: “We are sad to see them go, but we wish them the best for the future. We have lots of children here from St Margaret’s and they still have no problem serving and still picking up their litter, but I’ve got to say the boys are definitely in our top 10 favorite clients.

“It’s so nice to see that in our time there are still children with manners. They were really well brought up and are gentlemen.

“We look forward to welcoming the next generation and hope they will be just as good.”

A post about the boy’s kind gesture amassed more than 800 likes with dozens of locals wishing them luck on their next chapter.

One person wrote, “Wonderful story, and their parents should be very proud of raising beautiful young men. Well done.”

Another added: “It starts at home, very manageable, well-behaved young men from good parents who will no doubt be proud.”

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