1936 – 1939
In 1936 the first piece of ice cream machinery was installed by John Payne refrigeration engineers of Monmouth. They installed a state of the art eight gallon batch freezer at the rear of his cafe. This gave Ben the capability to produce eight gallons of ice cream per hour and meant he no longer needed to buy ice from Cardiff.
September 1st 1939 marked the beginning of the Second World War. The manufacture of ice cream was banned as it was considered a luxury item and a not a food. As Ben was Italian he was considered a threat to British security. He was immediately interned with thousands of other Italians nationals on the Isle Of Man. Ray, Bens oldest son was sent to work on the land and Terry was still a child so he was left at home with Doris and Gina.