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Pietro  Sidoli: Heart in two places

Heart in two places

By Pietro Sidoli
2006, Porthcawl
Duration: 04:40 mins

"I see the world through two windows - I see the sunshine of Italy and the storms of this country. But you can learn from storms and you can learn from sunshine and you put the two together and make an effort to make a better world."

Pietro was the last Italian man to sell ice cream from a horse and cart in Wales. Today he and his sons own ice cream parlours and cafes in Porthcawl. A story of how one man's life was enriched by two different cultures.

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"My Dad is Gino Sidoli Frank Sidoli`s son `I was born and bred in Porthcawl moving to Chobham when I got married. my girls Ava and Ella love Nonno,s Ice-cream Chips and Ice-cream nothing like it. " Luisa Verderame, Chobham Surrey, Jul 2009.

"Yes this make me home sick too. Spend many hours in Sidoli's cafe'lived in Porthcawl until I moved to Canada, My family still live there We go home every three years and love it, to bad that the town has gone down its need some nice shops like it used to have in my childhood living there." Sandra Johns (Power) from Porthcawl, Apr 2009.

"Frank, Peter, and Luigi all worked very hard first in Caerau and then moving to Porthcawl, but i would like to mention my Mother Lena Sidoli the boy's sister who also worked very hard in the Family shops in Caerau and Porthcawl in the early Years.She then moved to Kenfig Hill and opening The Legendary Gino's Fish Bar." Tont Ulberini, Porthcawll, Oct 2008.

"Born and bred in Porthcawl from 1945 to 1964, I spent many a happy hour in Sidoli's with my friends Alan Lawson and Brian Williams both of whom I am still in contact with and many others,including the young Sidolis. At one time while living in Luton I lived with an Italian girl for 12 years and spent many happy holidays in Italy. I now live in thailand with my wife and son but still visit Porthcawl when I can. They were such happy days." Geoff Rozenberg, Thailand, Mar 2008.

"I came to Porthcawl in August 1939 and lived with my mother at 47 Mary Street until 1945. I have great memories of my childhood even though there was a war. And the ice cream was such a special treat. Now I never eat ice cream - it just doesn't taste the same." Judy Kelly (nee Marks) Dublin, Jan 2008.

"Yes I remember Peter and Frank sidoli when I worked on the Cony beach fun fair in 1952-4 The sunny south cafe was my three meals a day cafe and it was the first place i had a steak and kidney pie made hot by putting it under the coffee steamer and then spaghetti put on top .I worked for John Croale for two years and Pat Collins for a year lived under canvas at Treco Bay for over a year.As a single father i introduced my daughter to OXO with milk in Sidoli'sgreat memories of Porthcawl." Peter Smith London, Sept 2007.

"Great Peter! You're a star! (abbiamo visto anche Mario sempre imboscato dietro il bancone) Un saluto a tutti!!!!" Viazzani's family from Busseto, Sept 2007.

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