THE CAFE at Elsecar Park has reopened after the controversial departure of the previous tenant over a year ago.

June Turner’s application to run the café was picked from dozens of others and she has been given a five-year lease for the business. 

Her partner, Brian Hudson, is planning to get the park’s nine-hole pitch-and-putt course and crazy golf area open for visitors.

She said: “Working at the park is a passion for me and brings back happy memories of time spent here when I was growing up.

"It's very important to get the cafe back up and running when you see how many people have been using this park with no cafe and complaining they want to have a cup of tea.

"I came here as a kid, I brought my children here and I still walk my dog here so I do use it a lot." 

The cafe was closed in November 2011 when previous tenant, Francis McDonald, had his lease terminated after firing a shotgun to scare of troublesome youths in the park.