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Snow business: Ice cream company makes the most of freezing conditions

PUBLISHED: 15:24 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 01 March 2018

Tom Townshend, left, and Richard Clarke of Ronaldo Ices in Norwich brave the snow to carry on churning. Picture: Amy Turner/Ronaldo Ices

Tom Townshend, left, and Richard Clarke of Ronaldo Ices in Norwich brave the snow to carry on churning. Picture: Amy Turner/Ronaldo Ices

Ronaldo Ices

In the freezing conditions, you might think ice cream would be the last thing on anyone’s mind.

But for Ronaldo Ices in Norwich, the show was very much going on through the Beast from the East.

With a big order to fill for the city’s Assembly House, the business was still churning out frozen goods from its Lothian Street premises.

Three of its six staff – Tom Townshend, Richard Clarke and Gareth Connors – made it in through the snow, with two handling the restaurant’s order for champagne sorbet and one manning the phones.

Director Chris Edye, who was unable to make it into work, said: “We had quite a big order for the Assembly House for a special function and the guys didn’t want to let them down, which is terrific.

“I had told everyone not to worry, because the forecast was so bad you don’t want people taking a risk.

“It is strange to be making ice cream in this weather – it is cold in our building at the best of times so it must have been freezing!”

He added: “It is a very seasonal business, and while we are small we still do business with restaurants and are now trying to build up stock for the summer.”

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