Manchester’s ‘Little Italy’ and the Pioneers of Britain’s Ice Cream Industry, by Eve Henley

After 22 months of enquiries a plaque was erected in December of 2021, officially recognised Ancoats as ‘Little Italy’, a “community integral to Manchester’s economic and cultural heritage since the late Nineteenth Century”. Manchester’s Italian community is described by Third generation Anglo-Italian Anthony Rea, as having provided an “exemplar for immigrant behaviour,” having “brought such character to this grim part of Manchester” with their “music, food and customs bringing so much colour to this area”.