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Wayne Adair of the Longbridge Drinks Company

Wayne Adair of the Longbridge Drinks Company

Wayne Adair of the Longbridge Drinks Company

It was the early autumn of 1999 and for 23-year-old Wayne Adair it was the end of another good summer at Papa Capaldi’s ice cream parlour on Queen’s Parade in Bangor. Papa Capaldi’s was something of an institution in the town but when the days grew colder and the nights longer trade just melted away.

Business was good in summer, but winters were always a struggle,” says Wayne, looking back. He had gone into the ice cream business partly because his family was already in the trade — the Adairs had founded Riada ice cream in east Belfast and christened it by spelling their name backwards.


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