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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 15th May, 2019)

Ice Cream van


Ice Cream van
Haigh Hall.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon power-shot)
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Comment by: Poet on 15th May 2019 at 00:10

Is it true Mrs. Thatcher invented Mr. Whippy ice cream?

Comment by: Ken R on 15th May 2019 at 01:25

Great family picture Ron, get one for me please, one with the flaky bar in.

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2019 at 06:01

That's why it was full of air....

Comment by: Mick on 15th May 2019 at 06:59

Holdens Noted Ices, they do all sorts of funny flavours like Guinness

https://holdensandco.com/flavour-of-the-month/

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2019 at 08:42

Mr Whippy's ice cream was delicious - you 'thought' you were getting more for your money but it was just 'puffed up' with air... Good idea Mrs T.

Comment by: DTease on 15th May 2019 at 09:07

He’s saying it Irene, that little lad on the bike is saying "Wot's it getten t'do wi' thee? Mind thi' own business!"

Comment by: Gary on 15th May 2019 at 09:11

Poet - she was one of the chemists involved in creating Mr Whippy.
Post war supply problems meant a lot of food research was based on fewer ingredients.
Arguably, this only changed in the 1970s.
Cheese ingredients were restricted well into the 70s.
The varieties available today(just from the UK) were only coming ito the shops from about 1971.

Comment by: DTease on 15th May 2019 at 10:28

Mrs. Thatcher the Mad scientist?
Yes, I can see that.

Comment by: AP on 15th May 2019 at 10:44

I preferred 'Fredericks', that is back in the days when ice cream was in fact ice CREAM, and not ice vegetable oil (or worse still trans fats)!

Comment by: Gary on 15th May 2019 at 11:39

AP - Fredericks was based in Chorley. Actually Duxbury, their shop was at the T junction with Wigan Lane.
Agree, excellent ice cream.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th May 2019 at 11:52

I hope the little lad IS saying that, DTease….we need him and his mates to carry on our Wigan dialect!

Comment by: Philip G. on 15th May 2019 at 12:12

That's right, AP: Gradely stuff was Fredericks ice cream. I remember Tony? bringing his three-wheeled ice-box to a juddering stop at the bottom of Grange Road, Bryn, in the late fifties. Aye, AP, . . . .

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2019 at 12:53

No other ice cream beats Jersey Ice Cream-for me anyway,last time I was there it was £2 50p for a single blob. It was worth every lick!

Comment by: Poet on 15th May 2019 at 17:05

Ferretti's (Teddy bears picnic) and De Roma's ( Greensleeves) were the music of childhood. As soon as the van entered the street those chimes would stop any street game instantly and send dozens of kids scurrying in pleading ' Mum , can I have sixpence'.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 15th May 2019 at 18:49

I remember Cassinellis in the 50's, a two wheeled cart pulled by a horse...wow, some time ago now.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th May 2019 at 18:53

Ferretti's sold pastel-coloured ice-cream lollies with the top half dipped in chocolate which gave a satisfying "crack" when you bit it! They were threepence. I recall the tune "Greensleeves" rising and falling on a boiling hoy Summer's day as De Roma's van meandered round the streets, and we all joined in with the tv advert for Pendleton's Twicers.....come on, Wigan Worlders...all together now....."What could be nicer than a Pendleton's Twicer.....ice-cream with a lolly each end"!

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2019 at 19:37

I remember those horse pulled ice- cream carts, they were very elaborately decorated... Works of art they were....

Comment by: Philip G. on 15th May 2019 at 19:59

That's right, Poet: Tasteful tunes, and tunes which on the odd occasion didn't afford the time for Mum to find her purse (just not Cricket); the children eventually scurrying towards the van, as well, as it approached its next stop.

Comment by: Philip G. on 15th May 2019 at 21:02

A satisfying 'crack' (You're a rum cove, Roberts) sounds healthy, as do the 'muffled' sound of the vendor's ice-box lid at the moment it's closed, and the easy 'snap' of a young runner bean, which tells you that it's ready - there must be more 'lovelies' out there.

Comment by: irene roberts on 15th May 2019 at 21:35

Yes, there are more "lovelies" out there, young Philip.....me and our Veronica to name but two! xxxxx

Comment by: Veronica on 15th May 2019 at 21:45

If we don't blow our own trumpets Irene nobody else will! Hahaha

Comment by: Philip G. on 15th May 2019 at 22:13

Aye, and yer right, Irene. You take care - both of you.

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