Offbeat Video

By Kim Reader


A hoard of ice cream vans have travelled from across Europe to form the longest convoy ever – scooping a world record.

The parade of 84 vans was bursting with sweet scents and bright colours as dozens of ice cream men and women drove the two-mile perimeter of Wynchwood Park near Crewe, Cheshire, this morning (TUES).

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The impressive array of vibrant vehicles, which have come from all over the UK, Southern Ireland and mainland Europe, measured around half a mile when end to end.

And free ice cream was given out to everyone attending the parade.

Guinness were on hand to officiate the world record for which there have been no previous attempts.

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To complete the record the ice cream vans had to travel at least two miles and never be more than two van lengths apart.

The attempt was organised by Ed Whitby, Operations Director at Whitby Morrison, the world’s leading manufacturer of ice cream vehicles.

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Many of those taking part have used the occasion to raise money for charities with Ed choosing to support Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Luke’s Hospice.

A spokesperson for the event said: “The record attempt has been registered with Guinness and met with huge positivity.

“Arguably the quirkiest of British icons, the ice cream van has played a part in everyone’s lives.

“Young and old, rich, famous, or royalty – everyone has a fond ice cream memory.”