Monday, February 6

the chimes of glasgow


Just found this trailer for a Scottish Documentary Institute commission about ice cream vans, set in Glasgow, Scotland. British types will immediately think "ice cream wars" and yes, that looks to be touched on here. More than that though.

To the non-Brits, the ice cream wars concerned an infamous time in the 1980s where rival operations clashed over housing estate turf in Glasgow. Though it sounds at first slightly ludicrous, the petty and then violent proceedings culminated in several deaths, and a public outcry. Some vans were not just selling ice cream in this setting btw, perhaps you telegraphed that. The deaths were against a family who had refused to sell extra-curricular goods...

3 comments:

Allan said...

After the coalmine he worked at closed down, my grandad drove an ice cream van in Glasgow. Perhaps luckily for him he passed away in '76, before the ice cream wars, and was never pushed into selling more than cones, 99s, nougat wafers, irn bru, crisps, and of course fags.

james at 10engines said...

Thx Allan

Anonymous said...

Gimme a 99. Now.