The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Ice Cream Man
Gloucester's only tricycle ice cream seller runs rings around Chris Tarrant.
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Gordon 'Charlie' Knipe is the sort of character that television loves. He's opinionated and awkward and performs his role of the cantankerous ice cream seller of Gloucester on demand - making a tough job for ATV's film editor who had to cut bleeps into the soundtrack to cover his less than teatime-friendly language. Chris Tarrant has to (literally) run to keep up with his tricycle as Charlie goes out on his rounds once more. Stop him and buy one? Probably not to be honest.
Wall's had introduced a fleet of tricycles to sell its products on the streets of Britain in 1923. It is likely that the one ridden here by Mr Knipe was the last one of an original fleet that once numbered 10,000.