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Quickbeam

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I couldn't resist the obvious Sun-esque title.

Thinking back to the '60s & early '70s, there was always an ice cream van most nights doing the rounds and we weren't fat then. I think it's probably just a lame excuse and probably easier way to take them off the roads for food hygiene reasons myself.

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carver

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Quickbeam you must be to young to remember all the trouble with these monstrosities as they plied their evil trade, fat and obese children jumping under these vans to stop them so they could get their daily fix.

Parents worried about the noise that could effect their child's hearing as these ice cream vans gave out sounds meant to entice money from little innocent children.

Councils who wanted more money from these vans until they wanted so much the vans are now not profitable.

It's got to be at least 10 years since I heard a van in our area my kids can't even remember them properly.

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Jock1e

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They are usually up my street at least once a day and I would say must be pretty expensive if you have 3 or 4 kids wanting one.

I would say they are as noisy as the 60's ones if not noisier.

It was a known fact in those days that there was a 300% profit on all ice cream sold.Not sure if it is the same mark up as today.

There were a few folk killed in the Glasgow ice cream war around about the 60's 70's so a lot of money to be made from it.Mind you not sure if drugs were also sold at the same time which caused the problems.

Also ice cream vans in Scotland you could buy cigarettes, Bottles of Pop, and even potatoes in some of them.

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Jock1e

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Oops it was the 1980's that the Glasgow ice cream wars took place so got my dates wrong.

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wee eddie

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The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars were nothing to do with Ice Cream.

Ice Cream Vans were the chosen method of Drug Distribution in Glasgow at the time.

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Jock1e

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wee eddie

Ok thanks for that. I did think that it may have been drug related but was not sure.

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Chegs ®™

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I was horrified to learn that for our "Festival" the council asked for £1000 for a pitch.Thats an awful lot of ice-creams to sell in 2 days,especially in bad weather to make a profit.It isn't just ice-cream vans the council fleece for pitches,we had a burger van outside a nightclub that had operated for years on the same spot until the council decided he had to pay a hefty sum to operate from the corner of a carpark,rather than pay he simply quit trading.

A mate of mine used to drive an Ice-cream van,the youth of today would embarrass a sex-worker with some of their comments to the drivers & I'd find my post deleted if I typed even some of the milder ones.

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