Ice-cream for Soldiers in Afghanistan

Ice-cream for Soldiers in Afghanistan

Kandahar : Afghanistan | May 04, 2011 at 5:20 AM PDT
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Kabul ice cream man

Three ex-soldiers who were also sweltering in the heat of Afghanistan put their saving together and spent £30,000 to buy and fly the ice-cream-van out.

The van painted in the camouflage colours by the troopers and written on the back MIND THE TROOPS instead Mind The Children as it is usual done in Britain.

Two girls serve the ice creams and they sold for £1.30 around 18,000 in two weeks to British and US troops. It is free to the local children.

Former Para sergeant Neil Peacock, 47 said: "We are Afghanistan's first ice cream men, sticking up two fingers to the Taliban. The response has been phenomenal. Everyone smiles when the van rolls by."

Neil, former Royal Marine, Craig Brewitt, 45, and ex-Guardsman Gordon Fleming, 45, had an idea when they were security men in Kandahar with a heat of 60oC (140oF).

They bought the van from ebay for £4,000. They spent £8,000 each to air-freighted via Amsterdam and Dubai. The ice cream is supplied by an Irish dairy farmer.

Neil remembers his childhood having Mr Whippy at the seaside.

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