Ice cream vans in Balmoral Show protest convoy
Ice cream makers in Northern Ireland say they been given the cold shoulder by Balmoral Show bosses after it was claimed they have been using vendors from Scotland at the expense of local sellers.
Local vendors took to the streets of Belfast in their trademark vans yesterday to protest against the policy which some say has been in operation for six years.
Vendor Jim Robinson said: “From 2006 they have been bringing ice cream vans from Scotland to do the Balmoral Show. We can’t get in to the Balmoral Show. We’ve tried.”
Colin McDonald of the Royal Agricultural Society denied the claims. “It’s not true that we are not letting local ice cream in.
"The opposite is the case because we have in the food village three diversified farmers with award-winning ice cream and some of the outlets here are local vans, it’s not the case that we’re keeping local ice cream out."