We were up in North Wales a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist one of Forte’s fantastic ice-creams. The cafe/restaurant is just a few minutes from the seafront and always popular.
Llandudno is a clever resort and knows what it’s about. It didn’t go down the route other resorts chose to attract visitors (ridding itself of its past) and this has paid off with the resurgence of holidays in Britain and daytrippers.
It harks back to that heyday (that’s never really gone away entirely) of windbreaks, flasks of tea, ice creams and lettered rock and sand sandwiches. Llandudno has blended the new though. Knotted hankies have been replaced by baseball caps and crocs and few men wear tie and trilby, but there is still a wonderful pier, a celebrated Punch n Judy and buses plucked from Heartbeat to do tours of the coast and Great Orme.
Forte’s was here in the heyday of bucket and spade breaks and celebrates this with terrific black and white images of charabancs and excited kids. And proud Italo-Welsh ice cream makers. And the wonderful designs seen below.
My Nan used to come here and we have pictures of her at the beach in peppermint and powder blue dresses. Another shows My granddad and male relations, suited and booted, cigarette lighters and cases clutched in readiness. Gangsters on the last train out of Crewe. I must dig them out.
For more photos and the Forte’s story click here http://fortesicecream.co.uk/about-us.php
There are 35 flavours….Turkish Delight and bubblegum among them!
Toffee fudge, if you’re asking….