London's 'king of ice cream' gets special sendoff by ice cream truck procession

Many of us have good old memories of ice cream trucks. The ice cream trucks with music box notes is something connected to many of ours childhood. However, a procession of ice cream trucks is an unusual sight. But, such an unusual sight was seen on December 17, 2021, in the streets of southeast London.

By: HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 22 Dec 2021, 15:52 PM
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The procession of ice cream trucks. (Image: Twitter/Louisa Davies)
The procession of ice cream trucks. (Image: Twitter/Louisa Davies)

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A convoy of 10 ice cream trucks was seen rolling slowly through the streets of southeast London on that day, each playing its song, in honour of Hassan Dervish, who has been known in the area as the ‘king of ice cream’.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Dervish came to the UK from Cypress in his early 20s and took up employment in the ice cream industry, ultimately opening his own factory in the early 2000s. His popularity with ice cream was so much that he became known as the king of ice cream.

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Dervish certainly had friends and colleagues in the ice cream industry, who showed up for his funeral procession to give him a sendoff, which he would have loved. His friends in the ice cream community joined up for one last drive around the block to attend the funeral service.

A video on Twitter has emerged showing all ten ice cream trucks following the hearse van in a slow-moving procession. The video went viral on the internet. “Just witnessed an ice cream man’s funeral and all the ice cream vans came and followed in solidarity…," the tweet reads.

First Published Date: 22 Dec 2021, 15:52 PM IST
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