International Ice Cream Day - Cool memories from Leeds's own 'stop me and buy one'

Today marks Ice Cream Day 2021 and to celebrate we have dug out these cool memories from the YEP archive.

Sunday, 18th July 2021, 10:51 am
Updated Sunday, 18th July 2021, 10:52 am
PIC: Mark Bickerdike
PIC: Mark Bickerdike

The main image above features a city institution - Jonny Marrocco pictured in his ice cream van on Lands Lane in June 2006. Also pictured is Mohammed Ramzan pictured with his ice cream van at Armley in 2009.

Leeds lost one its own - ice cream man 'Kooler Bar' - earlier this summer.

John Collier was one of the most popular people in Leeds with thousands of residents taking to social media last month (June) to pay their respects after it was announced he had died aged 76 following a long battle against the lung condition pulmonary fibrosis.

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PIC: Simon Hulme

John served ice creams to the people of Leeds for more than 40 years and was part of the childhoods of many residents from the 1970s until his retirement.

He mainly drove around the Harehills, Chapeltown and Scott Hall areas but also used to serve ice creams at weddings, parties and for companies.

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John 'Kooler Bar' Collier.

International Ice Cream Day dates back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan and is always the third Sunday in July. Reagan purportedly wanted to dedicate a day to one of America’s favourite desserts - and so Ice Cream Day was born in 1984.


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The new Fab Looney Lime went into production at Richmond Ice Cream in March 2006.