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FLOATING ICE CREAM VAN

Wednesday June 8th, 2011
FLOATING ICE CREAM VAN

In a bid to save Britain’s dwindling ice cream street-trade stand-up comedian, Dave Mounfield, has taken to the water and is selling cones and lollies from the first ever amphibious ice cream van.

HMS Flake 99 set sail from Blackpool before heading to the Thames after which she will cross the Channel and head to the canals of Venice. She was built to mark National Ice Cream Week and to draw attention to ice cream vans are being driven off the roads by extortionate fuel costs and council red tape.

Fifty years ago there were around 20,000 ice cream vans active in the UK, now there are only about 5,000. Councils site noise pollution and child obesity as reasons for banning the trade from housing estates. This has lead to ‘ice cream exclusion zones’ in town centres, outside parks and schools and in some areas a limit to how long a van can sound its chimes.

Dave Mounfield said: 'I'm the captain of a floating ice cream van. It's crazy! I hope our amphibious van marks the start of a great revival of the ice cream trade on UK shores.'
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