Meet Elsie’s little sister – she’s an ice cream bicycle

MCHG 12-841 Hilary Gardener of Berkhamsted and her new bicycle for selling ice creams.
MCHG 12-841 Hilary Gardener of Berkhamsted and her new bicycle for selling ice creams.

Vintage ice cream van Elsie now has a little sister to help her owner survive during winter.

Hilary Gardener, 44, of South Park Gardens, Berkhamsted, began Elsie’s in March and has since been booked to cater for weddings, film sets and more.

But she said: “Elsie is a 1970s van and does not like starting when it gets cold, so I thought I would get Little Elsie for indoor events in the winter.”

Hilary has now passed control of her other business, Ladies With Ladders, to husband Steve Atkinson, 49, so she can concentrate on Elsie’s.

The window-cleaning business has since been renamed Lads with Ladders.

Ice cream bicycle Little Elsie did her first event on Sunday at a fundraiser for Northchurch-based The Hospice of St Francis at Norrington End, Redbourn.