Status Quo - Francis Rossi Backs Ice Cream Campaign
Status Quo rocker Francis Rossi has shown his softer side by backing a campaign to save Britain's iconic ice cream vans.
The singer used to help his grandfather sell ice cream from a truck around London and the family connection to the business has prompted him to back the Sunday People newspaper's Cone and Get One drive to save the dwindling trade.
The campaign urges Britons to support ice cream vans by making a purchase whenever they see one, and Rossi hopes the drive will help protect the business.
He says, "I'm fully behind the Sunday People's campaign. Ice cream vans were my family's livelihood and I grew up... with them around... It would be so sad if (ice cream vans are) consigned to yesteryear so I really hope people can come out, get out of their houses when they hear those chimes and buy some ice cream... There are far too many rules and regulations facing ice cream van men these days. It makes it extremely hard for them to make a living... I just hope people can come out and support the vans before it is too late."
Francis goes on to reveal that his father used to sell ice creams to members of rock band Small Faces before they found fame, adding, "My dad used to serve Steve Marriot, Kenny Jones and Ronnie Lane, who were all later in the Small Faces. So when Status Quo supported them (on tour) years later on, they already knew my dad."