Ice cream seller upset over having to leave King’s Lynn town centre

Happier days: Peter Byrne with his Italian Ices van in Lynn's Vancouver Quarter with street entertainers during Festival Too. ANL-150326-152139001
Happier days: Peter Byrne with his Italian Ices van in Lynn's Vancouver Quarter with street entertainers during Festival Too. ANL-150326-152139001
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Ice cream seller Peter Byrne who has traded for the past eight years in Lynn town centre says he has been told the Vancouver Quarter is “too prestigious” an area for his van to trade there.

Shocked by the decision made last week, Mr Byrne, who operated Italian Ices from his van usually parked near TK Maxx, said he was deeply upset and wanted to thank customers for their past support and apologise for not being there for them any more.

He said his ice cream was a quality product and people came from near and far just to buy them, which meant he was helping to attract more shoppers into the town.

Mr Byrne, who lives in Lynn, said: “I cannot understand how they can say that I am lowering the tone. After eight years, this has really upset me. I apologise to my customers, but this has been taken out of my hands.

“The town has many charity shops and discount stores and I cannot believe that they think the Vancouver Quarter is too prestigious for my van. “It’s not as though people are complaining – in fact in all of my eight years there, I have never had one complaint and mostly positive feedback.”

A spokesman on behalf of the landlords of the Vancouver Quarter commented: “As new landlords we are keen to declutter the streets within the centre, improve sight lines and with new CCTV cameras being installed, the ice-cream van has been deemed too large for its location and, unfortunately, there is not another suitable site within the Vancouver Quarter.

“Contrary to what Mr Bryne has been told about his van and the shopping centre, the quality of his product is not an issue and is not the reason why he will no longer be trading within the centre.

“We would like to make it clear Space to Trade are the third party company who are responsible for the street traders and collectors in the centre.”