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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Ulverston Carnival freezes out ice cream seller

AN ICE cream vendor frozen out of this year’s Ulverston Carnival has accused the organising committee of failing to support local businesses.

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TOUGH TIMES: Rob Turnbull won’t be allowed to sell ice cream at Ulverston Carnival because organisers have hired a Yorkshire-based firm instead MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50033726B002

Robbie’s Ices proprietor Rob Turnbull is demanding answers after organisers again engaged the services of a Yorkshire-based ice cream operation.

For three years Mr Turnbull has been selling ice creams in Ulverston from his van and said it is ludicrous he cannot work at the annual carnival.

He said: “I’m the only ice cream van in Ulverston and I travel from Barrow seven days a week – rain, hail or shine – and when the biggest day of the year comes around they get someone in from Yorkshire.

“I don’t understand why they get someone from Yorkshire when the carnival is supposed to be all about promoting local businesses.”

In 2010, Mr Turnbull stepped in at the last minute to work at the carnival after the same Yorkshire operator withdrew at short notice.

However, the following year the committee decided to give the Yorkshire firm another chance.

Mr Turnbull, who supports his partner and their two-year-old child, said he was simply “trying to survive” in the difficult economic climate.

He said: “It’s really depressing. “It’s very hard to make a living at the moment, especially with the price of diesel shooting up.

“This should be my biggest day of the year but I’m not even allowed in the carnival area.”

In a statement, the carnival committee declined to be drawn into specifics on Mr Turnbull’s complaint, but defended its handling of the matter.

“The ice-cream and mobile catering trades are extremely competitive, with large numbers of businesses in our local area.

“We have tried to follow a consistent policy similar to many other outdoor events and have recently reaffirmed this.

“Each trader has a different way of looking at this and what best suits themselves. We cannot please everyone.

“Traders are free to book any of the other pitches available in the town on carnival day managed by others.”

Have your say

what do you expect? they asked Sepp Blatter for an opinion !

Posted by mike on 31 May 2015 at 20:21

It is obviously not an ice-olated incident, being frozen out by the council. No wonder he is so churned.

He works hard, is obviously no flake and his ice cream takes some licking. So cone rain or shine he should get the pitch.

Good on him for making a stand and not being a Mr Softee. And good on the Evening Mail for getting the scoop on a local story.

Sundae 31st May 2015.

Posted by JM on 31 May 2015 at 14:20

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