Village shopkeepers Mary and John Holden first sold their homemade ice cream at local fetes around Edgworth in the 1930s. That was before the days of refrigeration when they packed it in sawdust to stop it thawing.
Their son, Jack, continued the business, opposite the post office in Blackburn Road, for many of its later years.
Now his sister’s godson has taken over the secret family recipe and is launching the Lancashire ice cream far beyond the Bolton village with which it has been synonymous for more than 80 years.
Richard Cort, a well known businessman and food entrepreneur, was invited to add the village shop and ice cream business to a retail portfolio that includes his stylish ‘Zest’ deli and brasserie on the Doffcocker Roundabout at Smithills.
The brand could be in no better hands. As a child he has vivid memories of being taken to Edgworth for the iconic ice cream that was already winning a top reputation as a by-word in local village products.
Now he is adding a different level of business experience to take Holden’s ice cream to a whole new generation of consumers.