A FAMILY who has been part of a South Tyneside tourist attraction for more than 80 years is preparing to welcome a fourth generation into the fold.
Layla Alice Powell may only be eight, but she has already set her sights on working in the ice-cream parlour named after her.
Layla’s parlour, owned by her mum Rachel, 39, is at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields, where her family have had a presence for more than eight decades.
Ms Powell, from Captain’s Wharf, South Shields, whose mum Alice is one of two members of staff who work in the parlour, said: “We already had the sweet and refreshment kiosk, so when the site became available, we just went for it.
“It’s right opposite where we were already based, so it was ideal.
“It was already known as a place that sold ice-cream so we decided to keep it the same, but transformed its look and started offering more flavours. Layla’s has been open for eight years now and we have done really well.
“It’s great Layla herself is now showing a real interest in becoming involved in the family business.”
Earlier this year, the family created a patio sitting area for customers to enhance the business – which was founded by Layla’s great grandfather, Jack Powell.
Alice Powell said: “The ice-cream parlour has been a great addition to the family business.
“We have had Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards come and see us, as she used to come for an ice-cream quite often before she became famous. Toffee fudge is her favourite.
“The other week we had the cast of Vera calling in while they were filming in the area.”
Layla, a pupil at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, who has already mastered the art of serving up the perfect ice-cream cone, said: “I’m looking forward to when I’m older and I can work here.”