WHAT a n-ice treat for the half term.
The world’s first amphibious ice cream van set sail off Blackpool in a bid to boost trade.
Although this week’s weather has hardly had us rushing for regular vans on the street this one certainly grabbed the attention.
The vessel reaches a top speed of five knots and chimes Rod Stewart’s classic ‘We Are Sailing’ as it ploughs through the water.
The ‘HMS Flake 99’ was specially commissioned by Fredericks, makers of Cadbury’s ice cream to mark National Ice Cream Week.
After a nationwide tour of Britain’s beaches, there are plans to take the vehicle across the English Channel and on to the canals of Venice next year.
She’s captained by ice cream mad David Mounfield, a stand-up comedian from Brighton, who was chosen after winning an online competition.
Jenny Bostock, consumer marketing manager for Fredericks in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, said: “If you can’t make it to your local beach to see our van, you can always pick up a pack of four from your local supermarket.
“We’re now considering taking the vehicle across the Channel and onto the canals of Venice to champion Britain’s beaches and give our continental cousins the ultimate taste of the British summer.”