NO WAY FOR MICK
He’s one of the planet’s biggest and richest rock stars – but it turns out money can’t buy Mick Jagger everything.
The Rolling Stone got no satisfaction after his offer to buy an ice cream van was turned down by its owner – who’s promised his daughter he will drive her to her wedding in it.
And that could be a way off – little Alessia is just 12 years old.
Devoted dad Giuseppe Della Camera, 34, spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm – being used as a chicken shed.
Devoted dad: Giuseppe turned down the multi-millionaire rocker’s bid because he had promised daughter Alessia, 12, that he would drive her to her wedding in it
He snapped up the rusting 1954 Morris J-type for just £2,000 and took it to restorers Cummins in Crewe, lavishing £35,000 on his labour of love.
The restoration was such a success that Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger recently offered to buy the vehicle for £100,000 when he clapped eyes on it at a show.
Giuseppe said: ‘I was working with Carter’s Steam Fair on Wandsworth Common when Sir Mick came up with his son and bought a couple of ice creams.
‘He told me he’d really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.
‘Sir Mick has got seven children and I think he probably wanted my van to entertain his grandchildren.’
But Rolling Stone Sir Mick, 65, whose wealth was estimated at £190 million in the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List, ended up disappointed.
Giuseppe said: ‘I must admit I was tempted when he offered me £100,000.
‘But I told him I couldn’t possibly sell it, because it’s always been my dream to drive my 12-year-old daughter Alessia to her wedding one day in my little ice cream van.”
English-born Giuseppe first got into the ice cream trade when his father Vic, from Naples, and Sicilian mother Grace won the catering concession for Battersea Park in London.
They were firm friends of John Carter, the founder of Carter’s Steam Fair – Britain’s largest vintage steam travelling funfair.
Giuseppe said: ‘They wouldn’t let me sell ice creams at the fair unless I had a proper vintage ice cream van.
‘I started off selling Italian ice cream from a barrow. Then one day I was driving through the countryside near Stonehenge when I saw this rusty old ice cream van in a farmer’s field.
‘It hadn’t been moved for 28 years and the farmer was using it for his chickens to lay eggs in.
‘When I asked the farmer if I could buy it, he told me I had to come up with £2,000 by the next day – because he was going on holiday.’
For the past nine years, Giuseppe has been serving up traditional Italian ice cream in cornets as Carter’s Steam Fair travels around the country. He will be behind the counter in the van this weekend when Carter’s Steam Fair visits Hayes End in Middlesex.
Father-of-three Giuseppe, from Streatham, South London, said: ‘All our ice cream is imported from Milan and I sell flavours like Ferrero Rocher, tutti-frutti, rum and raisin, tiramisu and wild cherry.
‘I sell Italian ice cream cones for £1.50p a time, but I couldn’t bear to sell my beloved ice cream van to Sir Mick – not even for £100,000.’