My first ambition wasto become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought
the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to
do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out,
hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ ve
learnt my lesson since then.
I keep my van well stocked. It’ s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr
Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale – 50 for a tenner – so I
never run short. I’ m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’ d need a
licence for that.
I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ ll drive
around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’ re in
need of ice creams, I’ ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ ll
say, “Ain’ t you Ron Weasley?” and I’ ll say, “It’ s strange, I get asked
that a lot.”
The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day
of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and
I supplied the lollies and ice creams.
“As a kid my first ambition was to be an Ice-cream man. As soon as I had enough money, I bought a 1974 Mr. Whippy Bedford CF. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then.” - Rupert Grint (2007)
After his success in the Harry Potter films Rupert Grint bought a 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford van to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an ice cream man. He drives around local villages giving free ice cream and lollipops to children.
“I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr. Potter. It so happens that the phoenix whose tailfeather resides in your wand gave another feather… just one other. It is curious that you should be destined for this wand when its brother gave you that scar. ”