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Bury St Edmunds Nostalgia - Ice cream seller Sándor Földi celebrates 50 years in the business with free ice creams



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In today's nostalgia we transport back to when a popular ice cream seller gave away free 99s in celebration of his 50th anniversary in the business.

Sándor Földi, who worked in Bury St Edmunds, also marked his 82nd birthday with the giveaway in May 2012 which attracted scores of people.

The Hungarian refugee had made his van on Angel Hill a permanent fixture since 1966 and had no plans to retire.

In today's nostalgia we go back to when a popular ice cream seller gave away free 99s in celebration of his 50th anniversary in the business.
In today's nostalgia we go back to when a popular ice cream seller gave away free 99s in celebration of his 50th anniversary in the business.

When asked what he enjoyed most about the job he held for five decades, he said: “I like it because I can do it every other day and my wife and son can help me.

“I usually go and have a game of golf in the morning and then bring the van up here.”

Mr Földi, who originally worked as an engineer, arrived in the country aged 27 following the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.

Sándor Földi, who worked in Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds, was also celebrating his 82nd birthday.
Sándor Földi, who worked in Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds, was also celebrating his 82nd birthday.

He got a job with the Bertram Mills Circus, where he met famous performers such as Coco the Clown. He also worked for the Ipswich engineering firm Crane Ltd.

He took up in the ice cream trade after answering an advert to join Tonibell.

He eventually bought his own van and travelled across East Anglia before settling town in Bury.