A plea to bring back an ice cream van which has been absent from several coastal villages for weeks has garnered attention on social media.
A letter to the editor which appeared in the Mearns Leader on May 8 caused a stir after it complained about the noise and time an ice cream van was turning up in St Cyrus.
The letter stated: “The van drives around St Cyrus and as far as I am aware many other villages in Aberdeenshire waking children up on school nights often as late as half past 9!.
“Myself and a lot of local residents are getting rather annoyed with it. They don’t give up either, whoever it is drives round for up to an hour sometimes constantly stopping and playing the chimes which you can hear streets away. This person clearly has no respect for anyone.
“I have a four year old son who knows better than to ask for an ice cream at that time of night but he can’t get back to sleep for the noise of it. He has even said ‘I hope that ice cream van doesn’t come tonight and keep me awake!’.”
This week Ailidh Smith posted on the Mearns Leader Facebook page that she wished the ice cream van would make a return as it hasn’t been seen in a couple of weeks.
She posted: “Someone recently complained about the noise the ice cream van made that comes from Stonehaven to St Cyrus and all the villages inbetween, unfortunately this hurt the feelings of the owners of the van and two weeks ago they stopped coming to Johnshaven. If the complainant could see the look on all the wee kiddies faces they would know how much they look forward to their icecream and sprinkles on a Tuesday night and the amazing people that run it.
“I want to bring back the sprinkles! Yes the van makes a noise but the laughter of the kids and the smiles on their faces totally makes up for it.”
The post caught a lot of attention from our page with people both agreeing with Ailidh and agreeing with the original letter.
Lorraine Brown commented: “I never complained, but there were times when the icer would come round my street in Stoney at 8:30/9pm playing the tune and waken the kids up which was a bit frustrating.”
What’s your view?