Ice cream seller celebrates 50 years in trade

Ice-cream man Sandor Foldi will be selling free ice cream from 2pm to 5pm on May 30 to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the business and his 82nd birthday.
Ice-cream man Sandor Foldi will be selling free ice cream from 2pm to 5pm on May 30 to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the business and his 82nd birthday.
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THERE were free 99s all round as popular Bury St Edmunds ice cream seller Sándor Földi celebrated his 50th anniversary in the business.

Mr Földi also marked his 82nd birthday with the giveaway on Wednesday afternoon, which attracted scores of people.

The Hungarian refugee has made his van on Angel Hill a permanent fixture since 1966 and has no plans to retire.

When asked what he enjoys most about the job he has held for five decades, he said: “I like it because I can do it every other day and my wife and my son help me. I usually go and have a game of golf in the morning and then bring the van up here.”

Mr Földi, who originally worked as an engineer, arrived in the country aged 27 following the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.

He got a job with the Bertram Mills Circus, where he met famous performers such as Coco the Clown.

He also worked for the Ipswich engineering firm Crane Ltd.

He took up the ice creamt rade after answering an advert to join Tonibell, which claimed he could make as much money as Denis Law, the first professional footballer to earn £100 a week.

He eventually bought his own van and travelled across East Anglia before settling down in Bury.