In the news: Vintage ice cream van parks up in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour

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An exceptionally rare vintage ice cream van thought to be one of only few left in the world will be serving visitors to Sutton Harbour.

Cobbles Ices has relocated to Quay Square on Plymouth’s famous waterfront, and the business has expanded after acquiring a classic 1962 Commer Karrier, one of the original Mister Softee ice cream vans.

The vintage van will be parked next to the harbour’s edge while the original Cobbles Ices van, a 1954 Morris JB, will be located outside the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop.

Michael’s former Cobbles Ices partner, Louise Creamer, will now be running her own business from a red 1953 original Vanguard trailer parked across Quay Square, with Creamers Street Baristas serving up freshly brewed coffee, hot doughnuts and tempting cakes.

Michael Raddie from Cobbles Ices said: “Quay Square is an especially prestigious ice cream trading pitch in Sutton Harbour right on the waterfront and alongside the historic Barbican.

“I’m delighted to be expanding my business there and serving ice creams from a very rare, vintage Mister Softee van, which is one of only a handful left in the world and considered the Holy Grail for collectors.”

As Cobbles Ices, Michael and Louise previously sold drinks, snacks and ice creams from a vintage van and trailer in Quay Point opposite the Mayflower Steps.

The business relocated to Quay Square – next to the legendary Cap’n Jaspers eaterie – after an Italian-style café called Alfresco! opened in a custom-built tram at Quay Point in April to create a permanent outdoor café on the Sutton Harbour site.

Michael is a former display team rider for the Royal Signals White Helmets, once performing on old Triumph 750 motorcycles, and has a passion for old British vehicles, also owning Cobbles Ices’ 1954 Morris JB van

He added: “As a lifetime biker myself, I’m very excited to be working in Quay Square, which is the Westcountry’s most popular biker hang out.

“Since starting my business eight years ago on a tricycle, a number of obstacles have prevented me enjoying a cup of tea with my biker friends. They will all be pleased to know they can now visit me for a cuppa at the vintage new van.”

The Commer Karrier van is fitted with an original 1960s clockface Carpigiani machine considered by many ice cream vendors to be one of the best ever whipped ice cream makers, and Michael plans to use renowned ice cream brands such as Kelly’s of Cornwall, Valenti’s of London and Tarr’s of Bristol to produce especially high quality whipped ice cream cones.

Opposite the vintage van operated by Michael and alongside The Navy Inn will be the red trailer run by Louise, now called Creamers Street Baristas, which will serve hot drinks, cakes and snacks.

Louise Creamer said: “Our little red trailer has built up a strong reputation for great tasting coffee and fantastic cakes, all served up in a welcoming atmosphere.

“Michael has helped me to achieve my own business again, and I decided to call it Creamers Street Baristas in recognition of my unique surname and passion for great coffee.”

Paul James, asset manager at Sutton Harbour Holdings, said: “We are proud to offer an ever-increasing selection of tempting food and drink options to visitors enjoying a trip to the spectacular waterfront in Plymouth.”

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