One of Manchester’s best-loved independent convenience store brands is finally opening up in MediaCity this weekend.
And you can bag yourself some free ice cream to celebrate.
A Few Scoops – which specialises in alcohol infused ice-cream, sorbets and ice-pops – is bringing its showstopping pink tuk tuk, affectionately known as Jolene, to the launch of the highly-anticipated MediaCity General Store this weekend, and will be parked up outside the new venue to serve 100 scoops of ice cream to visitors free of charge.
Jolene will be parked outside MediaCity General City on Saturday 1st May from 12-6pm, with scoops limited to one per person and whilst stocks last.
A born and bred Manchester business launched in June 2019, A Few Scoops is the brainchild of Alanna Atkinson who wanted to create a way to blend her love of ice cream with her favourite tipples, and the addition of Jolene set Alanna on her way to serving the ice cream of dreams to the city.
The launch of the MediaCity General Store will mark Jolene’s intrepid journey across the city centre and beyond, so keep your eyes peeled for new location announcements.
“When we started A Few Scoops, we knew we didn’t want a standard ice cream van,” Alanna said.
“We wanted something that was different that made everyone whip out their phones to take a photo [and] we think we’ve achieved this with Jolene and we’re so excited to be at the launch of MediaCity General Store, offering out 100 free scoops for customers to enjoy”.
Some of the unique ice cream flavours up for grabs at this weekend’s launch include Espresso Martini, Old Fashioned and Pina Colada (vegan).
For sorbets, vegan Peach Bellini and Mojito are both on the menu.
If a tipple doesn’t quite take your fancy though, the non-alcoholic options include coke float ice cream, and a cherryade sorbet.
Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.