Ice Cream Shops
Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
Thank you to Douglas Beath,
Burnie, Tasmania (formerly Granton, Edinburgh) for the following
"I fondly remember
DeMarco's ice cream
shop. My father pointed out this
shop at the southwest end of Junction Bridge at Leith, and said "That's
where to get good ice cream" (even during the war, somehow !)
I was delighted in 1967 to come across the
same flavour in, of all places, the then rather seedy Strand Hotel in
The only other diners, an Australian
couple, suggested it had been made with custard powder."
Douglas Beath, Burnie, Tasmania,
Australia: October 2005
Thank you to Frank Ferri who replied to the comments above in which
Douglas Beath originally described the Leith ice cream shop as Demarco's,
Georgio De Felice Ice Cream
"Sorry I have to contradict Douglas, but
the ice cream shop that he mentions was Georgio De Felice, right next door
to Tommy Wills the butcher, opposite the old State Cinema, round the
corner from Ballantyne Rd Leith.
I knew Georgio well, being of Italian decent
myself. I remember his shop window being put in, as happened to a
lot of Italian properties at the start of the War, due to British
hostilities against Italians and the Italians allying with Germany."
Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Leith: May 1, 2008
Douglas Beath replied:
"I unhesitatingly accept Frank Ferri's more
certain recollection of the Junction Bridge ice cream shop's name,
so probably my mistaken words should be amended."
Douglas Beath, Burnie, Tasmania: May 3, 2008
I've now removed the name of the shop from your recollections in 1
Peter Stubbs: May 3, 2008
Thank you to James Macfarlane who replied:
"Douglas Beath, in 1 above
describes an ice cream shop
in Leith as DeMarco's. It could be
that he was remembering
the one in Lindsay Road which he may well have seen from the tram
in the days when he lived in Granton.
In this photo
of the south side of Lindsay Road,
taken in 2006, you refer to the Devlin
family as being connected with 5 Lindsay Road, the
building painted blue at ground floor level.
DeMarcos ice-cream shop was next door.
It looks like a garage door in the photo"
James Macfarlane, Edinburgh:
December 11, 2009
Adelaide, South Australia
Thank you to Peter Christians who wrote:
had a shop near the corner of Largo Place and Ferry Road
My parents also had a shop,
Toni's, at 152 Ferry Road, just up from Trafalgar Street, and a van.
We went around the Granton, Royston and Pilton districts."
Peter Christians, Adelaide, South
Australia, Australia: April 19 + 20, 2010
Thank you to Jason DeMarco who replied:
"James MacFarlane was
correct in his Recollections 3 above.
Granddad, Vincenzo, had the ice cream shop
in Leith. According to my dad, it was the
best in Leith - although he may be
Jason DeMarco, Edinburgh: November
Alan J MacKay
County Durham, England
Thank you to Jason DeMarco who added:
Ice Cream Shop
"Tony Demarco’s ice cream shop was near
the corner of Albion Road and Easter Road. The shop also had a
café attached. He made the ice cream round the corner in a shop
next to the dairy in Albion Road.
We used to get money back from Tony by
taking our empty juice bottles and soda bottle there, but he
got smart and started to stamp a blue star on his bottles so that he
would know which ones had come from his shop.
He was a lovely bloke. His wife
was tiny but a real handful!"
Alan J MacKay, Co. Durham, England
(formerly 206 Easter Road, Edinburgh): 15 Dec 2017