New Morecambe ice cream shop will keep it in the family

A shop once home to a long serving Morecambe butcher is staying in the family by transforming into an Italian ice cream outlet.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 4:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:04 pm
Katy and David Waddington.

The Queen Street premises will be taken over by David and Katy Waddington, who run the successful MiaItalia restaurant in Bolton-le-Sands.

David’s cousins are James and Richard Altham from Althams Butchers, owners of the premises.

The Waddingtons will open a brand new business called MiaGelato in the empty unit, most recently home to Totty’s jewellers.

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Initially the premises will produce ice cream for wholesale and for their restaurant, but their long-term plan is to open a shop selling Italian ‘gelato’ ice cream.

“It’s a great location just off the prom,” said David, who met his wife Katy when they both worked at The Visitor.

“I’ve always been a fan of Morecambe and whenever we have a spare day we come down with the family.”

David’s Italian roots come from his grandmother Gina Tognarelli, whose family ran a cafe in Kendal.

He said they aimed to open the business in spring 2017.