I'm always partial to a "99" with a Flake and strawberry sauce - but the days when an ice cream van would routinely head up our cul-de-sac are but a distant memory.
The humble ice-cream van has featured in the formative years of several high profile entrepreneurs among them Duncan Bannatyne. Cheap ice cream from the supermarket and ever-larger home freezers have been two factors behind a long term decline in ice-cream vans but there are signs of a comeback especially for entrepreneurs wanting to serve live events and offer a bespoke and often quirky service.
This BBC article "Kings of the Road" looks at some of the businesses determined to keep ice cream vans alive. Among them is Ice Baby, a vintage Honda ice cream van, available for hire at weddings, parties and other events.
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