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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 January 2006, 17:19 GMT
Ice one Freddie
By Anna Thompson

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff asks for a double helping of his own ice-cream
Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff has certainly got it licked.

Not only is he an MBE and the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year but the England all-rounder will now have an ice-cream made in his honour.

Silverdell's of Kirkham, near his home city of Preston, are creating Ashes 2005 and Freddie's Glory ice-creams for Flintoff's arrival on 20 January.

He will sign books at the bookstore/ice cream parlour on the day he receives the Freedom of Preston.

Silverdell owner Elaine Silverwood told BBC Sport: "I am really staggered he agreed to the book signing session on such a prestigious day for him.

"It will be an amazing day and we are really looking forward to it."

Andrew is the David Beckham of cricket so to have him here in Kirkham is going to cause quite a stir
Elaine Silverwood

Elaine makes her own ice-cream in a dairy at the back of the shop, which was awarded the Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2005, and has bought special ingredients to make the two ice-creams.

Both will be vanilla-based but Ashes 2005 will have chocolate candy dust embedded into it to signify ashes and Freddie's Glory will have the St George's flag running through it.

Elaine added: "Andrew is the David Beckham of cricket so to have him here in Kirkham is going to cause quite a stir.

"He agreed to do it because he has local links with the Fylde area as he played cricket for St Annes.

"Book signings are always popular but Freddie is a superstar now so the police will be helping exercise crowd control.

"I've ordered in hundreds of copies of his book Being Freddie and I'm going to be busy making lots of ice-cream too."


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