AN Ayr ‘ice cream maestro’ has been presented with an award for his own vanilla ice cream.

Philip Mancini, who has been named the UK national champion in the National Ice Cream Competition three times, is the third-generation of ice cream makers in his family.

On receiving his award, he said: “You can have all these wonderful flavours, but I think that vanilla is still the ultimate ice cream,” adding that he has the best job in the world: “I just love what I do.”

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