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Fleet of ice-cream trucks joins funeral procession of “King of ice cream”

Hasan Dervish, who had been selling ice creams for over 40 years in south-east London, was paid a heart-touching tribute by his fellow ice-cream sellers.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 21, 2021 10:32:54 am
Ice cream man funeral procession, London, Good News, Social Media Viral, Viral Videos, Indian ExpressThe funeral procession was of 62-year-old Hassan Dervish, who had been selling ice creams for over 40 years in south-east London. (Source: Louisa Davies/ Twitter)

On Friday, UK resident Louisa Davies was woken up by the jingling sound of ice-cream trucks. When she went out to inspect, she saw a funeral procession of an ice-cream man followed by a fleet of ice-cream trucks on their way to a Camberwell cemetery in south London. She was touched by the gesture and shared the video on Twitter. The 21-second video has since been retweeted more than 112.4k times and evoked heart-warming reactions from netizens.

The funeral procession was of 62-year-old Hassan Dervish, who had been selling ice creams for over 40 years in south-east London.

Chloe Bodur, a Twitter user, replied to Louisa Davies’s video and said that a fleet of ice-cream trucks joining the cortege of an ice-cream man is a tradition within the ice-cream seller community. Other users pointed out the difference between the ice-cream seller community in London vis-a-vis New York, where turf wars often break out between ice-cream sellers.

In a Facebook post, Savash Turkel, Hassan’s brother, referred to him as “King of ice cream”. Turkel said, “It was a passion for him. He had always worked as an ice-cream man, and he went on to set up an ice-cream factory in Lewisham in the early 2000s.” He further added that Hassan was highly popular among customers and other ice-cream men. According to Turkel, the procession would have been joined by more people if there were no pandemic-related restrictions.

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