Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ice Cream

Gosh...now I am looking back to the times when ice cream was fun!

"HAPPY times spent at an ice cream parlour which was a Bolton institution will be recalled later this month.
Sabini Brothers’ ice cream shop and cafe was a feature in Churchgate from the 1940s, until the family turned it into the Sandwich Inn in 1970.

The family firm served lunch to shoppers and town centre workers until 2002, when the business finally closed and the building was taken over by the Edwards estate agents.
Now the family plan to decorate the former shop front with photographs dating back to when the three Sabini brother’s first took over the site, in the 1930s.
The display is scheduled for the Midsummer festival from June 19 to 28, in and around Bolton Parish Church and Churchgate.

Dorina Green is Valentino Sabini’s daughter. She used to run the Sandwich Inn with husband Peter and brother Bruno Sabini.
She said: “I’ve always kept scrapbooks and diaries since I was a child. I’ve got quite a few old photographs so I thought I’d put them on display for people to enjoy when they go to the festival.”

Mr Green added: “We were keen to take part in the festival because Sabini’s was at the heart of this area for a very long time and during the heyday of Churchgate. We are really looking forward to it.”
The trio still live above the old shop.
The Sabini brothers came to Bolton before the First World War and started an ice-cream business in Little Lever.
They moved the business to Churchgate in the 1930s, running No 33 as an American Temperance Bar."

Summer Daze!

The one thing that digital technology has not changed...the ice cream van!

Hot sunny days sitting in the garden sipping on an ice cold beer and listening to that AWFUL sound of ice cream vans!! When I was little the ice cream van was a lovely sight, the sound of that soft jingling told you to go and ask mum for some money. In my street, I remember two ice cream vans...Manfredi's and Mr Softee, I like Manfredi's best! But they only came around once, usually about tea time.

Nowadays we have 120dB distorted square waves sounding out all day long!! The same tune playing over and over again that can be heard over a mile away. I'm sure there must be a law that limits this noise. In my daughter's street there are a lot of children that live there...result...ice cream vans twenty times a day and sometimes two in the street...not one of them are Italian, or English....and they are all called Mr Softee! Surely in the days of digital technology there must be a better way of selling ice cream?

How about ordering on-line, or order by phone? Get rid of this awful din that drives us all mad during those Summer days!

I remember the happy days of ice cream parlours in Bolton...Sabini's Manfredi's and Tognorelli's...them were the days!