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ITV film-makers look to Earsham ice cream man for coronavirus documentary

Deserted Diss streets could soon find themselves on the small screen, after an ice cream man, who has been dropping off emergency food parcels, attracted the attention of national documentary film-makers.

Craig Trickett, of Waveney Farm in Earsham, repurposed his ice cream van in order to be able to make deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables.

After attracting attention online, the 57-year-old was contacted by ITV News, alongside documentary film-makers commissioned by the channel, who want to tell the story of community solidarity during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Trickett, of Jim’s Dairy Ice Cream, said: “ITV News called me, wanting to know if they could follow me around and do a story.

“There was also somebody from a production company who was doing a documentary for ITV for when this is all over with.

“They wanted to send someone up from London to follow me around, but I thought it would be better to send them some footage, which they have said they are going to use.”

Mr Trickett has been praised for his efforts since setting up his delivery service two weeks ago. He has delivered to more than 80 people in and around the Diss area.

“A lot of people are scared to go out and go to the supermarket, so we have started advertising on a Facebook page if anybody needs any fruit or veg,” he said.

“We are taking card payments, so it’s completely contactless and, for those people who can only pay in cash, we’ve just told them to pay us in a month.”

He has also introduced special concessions for health workers, who are unable to take deliveries during ordinary hours, adding: “If there’s any NHS staff that are in need, we can help them – we’ll drop off even if it’s 2am.”

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