Garstang Ice Cream Festival a sellout success

L-R Amy Waddington, Liv Brown, Lucy Aspinall and Laura Travis.
L-R Amy Waddington, Liv Brown, Lucy Aspinall and Laura Travis.
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Garstang was packed with visitors for its inaugural ice cream festival.

People came from Manchester, Darwen, Preston and some even as far as London yesterday.

Luke Pollard, chairman of Independent Garstang Traders, said: “We’ve already started organising next year’s event.

“It’s all about bringing people to Garstang.

“We had 11 different ice cream vendors in 13 different locations. It’s just amazing how many people have got involved.

“It’s gone bananas, we thought it was going to be a little festival but it’s just snowballed.”

Ice cream stalls dotted the streets of the markets town with a special official Garstang ice cream flavour - strawberry and cream, scattered with Blackpool Rock and even vegan and doggy ice cream.

Mother and daughter team Sue and Annie Coulson brought their vegan ice cream van to Garstang from Oldham.

The Ice Cream Ladies make their ice cream from coconut and almond milk and were a hit with visitors.

Doggy ice cream at the Den-Ice Cream van was also a winner.

Owner Denise Lawson said: “I have apple, banana and carrot flavour, strawberry and apple flavour and banana and honey flavour.

“I’ve sold more than you would expect!”

Peter Van Campenhout was visiting the festival with his wife Maxine and their two Cocker Spaniels Woody and Mally.

He said: “They like all the flavours, they’re not fussy. They actually do eat carrots so I imagine we’ll get them that flavour.”

The mayor of Garstang was also on hand to officially open the festival by cutting an enormous ice cream cake.

Due to the popularity of the event parking and traffic into Garstang were an issue on the day but organisers said they would open more parking areas for next year's festival.