Old school ice cream comeback

Alan Nicholls, of Intake, with the ice-cream cart he made and which is to go on auction in London.
Alan Nicholls, of Intake, with the ice-cream cart he made and which is to go on auction in London.
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THIS colourful ice cream cart could soon become a regular sight on the streets of Doncaster once again.

Owner David Pritchard says he is going to take the cart out and about to sell ice cream again, after having initially planned to sell it.

The cart was built over a period of about 17 years by Intake man Alan Nicholls after his retirement from farmwork, and is unique because it features in its canopy hand-painted scenes of old Doncaster

Enthusiasts came from as far away as the United States to bid in an auction for his vintage-style horsedrawn ice cream cart, but no-one was prepared to go beyond the reserve price.

But David, who farms at Wyndthorpe Hall Farm in Dunsville, is philosophical about the outcome and has decided to bide his time until the weather warms up.

David said: “I think it’s because the economy is low at the moment, so I have decided to keep it. I’ll probably be using it for selling ice cream again next spring.” David can lay claim to be the last man in Britain to sell an ice cream from a cart in the 20th century.