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Britain's oldest ice cream man dies aged 96

Adam Kelly was awarded a BEM for services to business and the community Photo: ITV Border

Tributes have been paid to Britain's longest serving ice cream man, from Galashiels, who has died at the age of 96.

Adam Kelly made national headlines when he finally hung up his ice-cream scoop two years ago after five decades of serving up cones and tubs from his van.

The D-Day veteran, who was awarded the British Empire Medal, died peacefully at Borders General Hospital this morning after a short illness.

His family issued the following statement:

He was one of a kind and a true gentleman. In his 96 years he contributed to the community in countless ways and will be sorely missed.”

– Family statement

Mr Kelly started his own ice-cream van business, Adam's Ices, in 1966.

The news of his death was greeted with sadness in his home town of Galashiels, Selkirkshire, which he had faithfully served for the past 50 years.