Families ‘driven mad’ by ice cream van jingle ‘so loud it penetrates your soul’

Families ‘driven mad’ by ice cream van jingle ‘so loud it penetrates your soul’

Families say they are being driven mad by the noise of an ice cream van which one says is so loud “it penetrates your soul”.

People in an area of south Liverpool say the jingle manages to wake up their sleeping children or disrupts bedtime because the kids argue for ice cream.

Frustrated residents say the ‘deafening’ sound that regularly circulates around the streets is driving them to the brink.

Mark Donkin, 36, who lives in Aigburth, said: “The noise, it penetrates your soul.

“It is so shrill and just so loud and it comes around every day.

“It throws you off from whatever you are doing at the time.”

Mark said the main problem for him is that the thundering jingle seems to arrive near his home whenever he is trying to put his two-year-old daughter to sleep.

He said: “Whenever I have just put her down, the ice cream van seems to come around and always wakes her up.

“It is every day and its very intense, I work at home and am often having to pause zoom calls and meetings because I can’t hear a thing when the van comes round.”

He added: “I’m 36 and I’m honestly not an old grumpy sod, but it’s just getting too much.”

Having been driven to distraction, Mark shared his views on the nextdoor social media site.

He said: “I was worried it was just me and I was going a bit mad, but there were so many responses and 90% agreed with me.”

Lots of people responded to say they too have been pushed to the edge by the deafening dings of the ice cream van’s song.

One said: “MATE I call it the music van, but it comes past like twice a day the second time normally just as I have got my child to sleep I’m a bit over it especially when it’s in the middle of winter.”

Another Aigburth local added: “It’s way too loud and goes on for way too long.

“I’m partially deaf and can hear it clear as anything when it’s at the end of road! I feel for all you folks of full hearing.”

And another frustrated parent said: “WAY too loud! Comes around the kids bed time. Either wakes them or causes a bedtime argument because they want ice cream when they need be going to sleep.”

Mark said: “I was relieved when I posted it on the group and about 90% of people who responded agreed with me, showed me I wasn’t going mad, hopefully.”

“I’m not sure what we can do, I might stand outside and get a decibel reading and suggest the noise could be turned down a bit.”