Burnley ice-cream man retires after 43 years

Vito Musso who has retired as an ice-cream man after 43 years.
Vito Musso who has retired as an ice-cream man after 43 years.

A Burnley grandad, who could be the longest-serving ice-cream seller for miles around, has retired after 43 years.

Mr Vito Musso (67), of Calderbrook Avenue, served three generations of Burnley children from Harle Syke to Healey Wood from his Vito’s Ice-Cream van.

He used to park his van at the former Mansfield High School and St Hilda’s where he sold ice-creams for more than 25 years.

Mr Musso, who worked seven days a week, has retired to spend more time with his wife of 40 years Vita, children Salvatore (40), Lori (34) and Marcella (31) and his two grandchildren.

Mr Musso, who marked his retirement with a surprise family party, grew up in the Piccadilly Road area of Burnley after his father came over from Sicily and settled in the town.

“I was working in a factory and a friend of mine from Brierfield came to me and asked me if I’d like to sell ice-cream. I’d always wanted to own my own business and work for myself. I worked for him for about 12 months and then I bought my own van.

“I saw three generations grow up. I want to thank all my customers, I’ll miss them, they are like family to me.”