ICE cream maker Yummy Yorkshire gone all continental.
The Denby Dale-based firm has spent more than £20,000 refurbishing a French charcuterie van from the 1960s as a mobile ice cream trailer.
The firm worked with Evo Composites, which specialise in building and converting ice cream vans, to renovate the former French butcher’s trailer.
The van, which is almost 50 years old, will be taken on the road to food festivals, galas and private functions across the region.
It has been modernised for Yummy Yorkshire’s needs, but its original retro features have been retained where possible.
As well as a scooping cabinet displaying seven different ice cream flavours, a serving hatch and additional fridges have been added to allow Yummy Yorkshire to serve not only ice cream but hot drinks, luxury milkshakes and snacks.
The trailer began life as a Citroen HY van and was first converted into a “vehicle de boucherie” in 1967 by a French company, R.Masson & Fila S.A.
The trailer was then bought by Bolsover-based Evo Composites in February last year.
They saw the potential in removing the driver’s cab and converting the back end as a trailer.
Jeremy Holmes, co-founder of the multi-award winning Yummy Yorkshire, said: “We saw the shell of the trailer as soon as we arrived at Evo Composites and immediately fell in love with it.
“We loved the drama of the lever handled opening and how wide the serving space was.
“Yummy Yorkshire ice cream is a very visual brand and we wanted the trailer to be representative of that and showcase our ice cream in the best possible way.”