Finally it seems like the sun has come out, and so of course everyone is flocking to the park to catch this lovely British summer while it lasts.
… and what better treat to enjoy on a nice summer’s day than a few good old fashioned scoops of ice cream sat teetering atop a cone? It’s enough to bring back in the kid in any of us… and it’s certainly the start of many conversations I’ve had about the park.
Just about everyone I’ve met has shared a memory or two about Coletta’s ice cream being a special treat in the park. With all these memories collected, and the Coletta family still operating the cafe in the park it was only right that I sit down with one of their family members to get the inside scoop.
Joan Coletta grew up knowing the Coletta family as family friends and worked for the family for a number of years behind the scenes in the office before eventually marrying her husband Anthony Coletta.
Greenhead Stories was very happy to have her share her memories of Coletta’s and Greenhead Park in the busy (and noisy!) cafe. She told me all about how the Coletta family came from Italy on the train back in the late 1800s and scattered across England and Scotland with their ice-cream talents in tow!
One particularly interesting story shared by Joan, is the story of how the Gold Cross as seen on the War Memorial made it way to Huddersfield thanks to her father-in-law who offered up the Coletta’s ice cream van.
Today the van’s are much more modern, but decades later people still queue up for Coletta’s in the park.
What an amazing story that through so many years and so many changes in Huddersfield, this local family business is still going strong.