This drive me mad…………..
I have been taking small groups to thie event for years – its a very British affair. Mad dogs and English men!
You tube ‘cheese rolling’ and watch the vids – hilarious!
FOR more than 200 years it has been the most British of events, with revellers hurtling down a steep hill chasing a large cheese. But now even bigger cheeses have stopped the race on grounds of – what else – health and safety.
Each year spectators from around the world watch competitors pursue 7lb double Gloucester cheeses down the near-vertical Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth, Gloucestershire. The event attracted 15,000 people last May, including tourists from as far as Australia. Now councillors and the police say it is a victim of its own success. Richard Jefferies, one of the organisers, said yesterday: “We have had to cancel on the advice of the police and local authorities.
“As well as concerns about the safety of the crowd and competitors, local landowners were also worried by the damage done by people climbing over fences and that sort of thing.” Robin Hammond, of the Really Exciting Adventure Club, said cancelling the May 31 event was another case of health and safety rules destroying traditions.
Police blame organisers for failing to work with them. Inspector Steve Chester of Gloucestershire Police said: “Sadly, they have failed to co-operate with us.” He said the organisers had an obligation to ensure safety and manage traffic. Tewkesbury councillor Mike Collins said roads were blocked for miles last year and drivers were fined for parking on verges.
Diana Smart, 83, who makes the cheeses on her farm at Birdwood in the Forest of Dean, said she was “shattered” by the cancellation.
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