Amphibious ice cream van sails on River Thames

275x250.jpg If you frequently find yourselves craving ice cream while sailing, you could be in luck… because the world's first amphibious ice cream van today set sail on the River Thames.

The bizarre vessel - which has a top speed of five knots and chimes Rod Stewart's classic 'We Are Sailing' - has been fittingly been dubbed the 'HMS Flake 99'.

It was the brainchild of David Mounfield, a stand-up comedian from Brighton, who got to she his dream realised after winning an online competition.

This morning David captained the amphibious ice cream van along the famous London river, much to the surprise of commuters on the riverbank… though non seemed desperate enough for an ice cream to swim over to him.
275x250.jpg The 'HMS Flake 99' was specially commissioned by Fredericks, makers of Cadbury's ice cream to mark National Ice Cream Week (30th May - 5th June) and will now go on a nationwide tour of Britain's beaches.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "We are now considering taking the remarkable vehicle across the Channel and onto the canals of Venice to champion Britain's beaches and give our continental cousins the ultimate taste of the British summertime."

275x250.jpg Speaking to Newslite, Cadbury Flake 99 fan David, said he'd had the idea for the amphibious ice cream van after hearing about the increasing number of exclusion zones set up by councils across the UK for ice cream vans.

"There is also a lot of rivalry along the British seafronts so thought why not create an ice cream van that could take to the water and beat off the competition," he said.

He said he also felt there would be a good market for it adding, "I've often been known to lie on a lilo on my local beach in Brighton and wished I didn’t have to get off and grab a refreshing ice cream whilst bobbing on the surf!"

As for the final product, he claims it's exceeded his expectations and that it was amazing to see it actually launch in the river, even if no-on swam up to it.

"We did have River Police safety boat pull up and cheekily ask for a free one – which of course, we were happy to accommodate."

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