CHEESE NOTES

High-res The Mirror reports on the return of Gloucester’s annual madcap race down a steep hill in pursuit of tumbling wheels of cheese:

Bizarre annual cheese rolling contest sees hundreds hurtle down hill at high speeds
These crazy pictures show the moment hundreds battled it out to race 8lbs of cheese down a hill at high speed. The contest, which takes place every year, sees rounded Double Gloucester being chased 200 yards down the steep in line of Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth.
The prize, 8lbs of Double Gloucester,  was won by 19-year-old Josh Shepherd who later admitted “I don’t even like cheese”.
After a year’s hiatus - when police warned against the use of a real cheese - the imitation lightweight foam cheese has been binned in favour of the genuine article. Rebel cheese rollers staged their own unofficial event after health and safety fears caused the official competition to be cancelled in 2010.
Long-time cheese-maker Diana Smart, 87, who has produced cheese for the event for more than 25 years, has once again provided the wheels for this year’s event. In total, four cheeses weighing about three kilograms each and three smaller ones, weighing about one-and-a-half kilograms, are used.
The unusual event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.

Read the full story.

The Mirror reports on the return of Gloucester’s annual madcap race down a steep hill in pursuit of tumbling wheels of cheese:

Bizarre annual cheese rolling contest sees hundreds hurtle down hill at high speeds

These crazy pictures show the moment hundreds battled it out to race 8lbs of cheese down a hill at high speed. The contest, which takes place every year, sees rounded Double Gloucester being chased 200 yards down the steep in line of Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth.

The prize, 8lbs of Double Gloucester,  was won by 19-year-old Josh Shepherd who later admitted “I don’t even like cheese”.

After a year’s hiatus - when police warned against the use of a real cheese - the imitation lightweight foam cheese has been binned in favour of the genuine article. Rebel cheese rollers staged their own unofficial event after health and safety fears caused the official competition to be cancelled in 2010.

Long-time cheese-maker Diana Smart, 87, who has produced cheese for the event for more than 25 years, has once again provided the wheels for this year’s event. In total, four cheeses weighing about three kilograms each and three smaller ones, weighing about one-and-a-half kilograms, are used.

The unusual event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.

Read the full story.


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