Cheese rolling :

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple re­fused to al­low the rain to dampen their spir­its at the an­nual Stil­ton cheese rolling com­pe­ti­tion.

And as 30 teams com­peted to be the quick­est to roll the 12 inches wide cheeses along a course, a le­gal chal­lenge was an­nounced to over­turn a Euro ban on mak­ing the cheese in Stil­ton it­self.

Cur­rently a Euro­pean Union di­rec­tive gives the fa­mous del­i­cacy a Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tion of Ori­gin, which re­stricts its pro­duc­tion to Le­ices­ter­shire, Der­byshire, Not­ting­hamshire.

But lo­cal his­to­rian Richard Landy hopes to over­turn the ban af­ter un­earthing what he claims is ‘in­dis­putable ev­i­dence’ the cheese was orig­i­nally made in Stil­ton and he has the back­ing of Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cam­bridgeshire.

He said: “Stil­ton cheese is the only PDO prod­uct which can’t be made in the place from which it takes its name, which is ab­surd.”

Mr Vara said: “Stil­ton cheese is worth about £100 mil­lion a year and I for one would like some of that money to come here to our lo­cal­ity.”

The an­nual bank hol­i­day fes­ti­val also fea­tured fair­ground rides, stalls sell­ing a va­ri­ety of good­ies and more. En­ter­tain­ment in­cluded mu­sic, a ma­gi­cian and X-fac­tor fi­nal­ist Ni­cole Lawrence. And about 30 teams com­peted for the cov­eted prize cheese rolling cham­pi­ons.

The chil­dren’s event was won by the Speedos with Spicy An­gles tak­ing the ladies’ ti­tle and the men’s by Cheesey Rollers.

The event was com­pered by ac­tor Ray­mond Grif­fiths, Adam Vick­ers from band Leon and Par­a­lympian Matt Skel­hon.

it’s child’s play: The Union Jacks make their way along the course (above) and, inset, even­tual chil­dren’s event win­ners The Speedos and com­pere ac­tor Ray Grif­fiths.

brav­ing the con­di­tions: The Feta Com­pli team.

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