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Cheese roll tradition 'was maintained' despite having a fake Double Gloucester, say organisers

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 03, 2013

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ORGANISERS of this year's rogue cheese roll are adamant the tradition of rolling a Double Gloucester was maintained, despite a foam cheese being used.

During this year's unofficial event, held last Monday on Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, fake cheeses were used during the zany races which see participants race down the steep slope.

Critics said the races didn't count as a real cheese hadn't been use.

Real cheese has been chased down the steep 200-yard drop since at least the 1820s, but during the war years a wooden one was used.

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One organiser, who wished to remain anonymous, insisted the tradition was continued.

She said: "During the morning before the race, at about 10.30am, a group of us went to the hill and we test-rolled a real cheese and a fake, foam cheese. We all decided that the foam cheese rolled better so therefore we decided to use that for the races. So the tradition was carried on and it means a real cheese has been rolled down the hill every year. We will have to see what happens next year, but we may well do the same thing and see which rolls better on the day."

In the lead up to this year's event, cheese maker and gran Diana Smart, 86, was advised not to provide the Double Gloucester by police, sparking controversy with some people thinking the event would not go ahead.

Despite that, some 5,000 revellers arrived at the hill on Bank Holiday Monday.

Meanwhile, king of the hill Kenny Rackers, from Colorado, who won the opening race and the uphill race, has lost his Double Gloucester in transit back to the USA.

He said: "They lost my bags and I haven't got it back yet – I'm a little worried about Customs."

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  • PrivateEye  |  June 04 2013, 12:36PM

    MARK MY WORDS THE SELF CROWNED QUEEN OF THE CHEESE ROLL WILL VERY SOON BE LOSING HER CROWN. NO ONE OWNS THE CHEESE ROLL BUT ONE MEDIA HUNGRY LADY THINKS ITS HER PROPERTY. SHE WILL BE EXPOSED AS SOON AS OUR INVESTIGATIONS ARE COMPLETE.

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  • candmanu  |  June 04 2013, 10:32AM

    Well who ever you are? fantastic reading of the comments, and I am Thinking maybe it rings bells of truth, Its very bizarre to run these foam discs down a hill, if no one knew where the real ones came from, I do not want to think this, but maybe private eye you have opened up a can of worms, and from my personal knowledge, and have found it strange when ever Input has been put in, its been rejected, even though it was in the interests of the community, and have wondered why, I understand people being non law breakers BUT to run foam discs is a bit over the top, the cheese roll is not for the weak, or anyone who runs at the first bit of grief, But private eye who ever you are, what you have said, is making my mind boggle, because I have for a long time knew something is wrong and could never put a finger on it. police this police that, oh my goodness please let it not be that, but it is, isn't it?.

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  • blhblahblah  |  June 04 2013, 9:57AM

    PRIVATE EYE WHAT IS IT YOU KNOW WE BROCKWORTH PEOPLE DONT, are you saying that there is a police mole amongst the friends of the cheese roll, that could make sense as it seems the foam ones were run, against other peoples wishes, but the wishes of the police, maybe there is outsiders manipulating by the sound of it one person, OH DEAR, if true what a travesty, of the history attached to the cheese roll. and to someone that claims to be a friend of BROCKWORTH,

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  • PrivateEye  |  June 04 2013, 8:22AM

    MAYBE ITS A COVER AND THIS PERSON IS THE POLICE. SHHH CANT SAY ANY MORE. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR ON THE HILL. OR MAYBE WE WILL MEET SOONER. TAKE THE CHAIR MY FRIEND......

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  • zorro  |  June 04 2013, 7:39AM

    on this last note, the fake ones were ran even after them being told not to, that statement by the newspaper is not true, even in the war they ran cheese, the cheese has always ran, even in foot and mouth, in 1998 when the council cancelled it it was ran, the first rebel roll, there was no reason why the cheeses that were bought from smarts, were not run, so the citizen, by giving one person all this publicity, it is detrimental to the cheese roll, because this one person was threatened by police multiple times last year, and she is frightened now, her heart is in the right place, but tradition tradition tradition has been compromised this year because, you the media, and the person who is feeding you (citizen) are doing her no favours, to bring back the cheese roll in its own right, this person will have to stand down as an organizer, this person has been warned many times to keep herself out of the media, but will not listen, because she has been swept away with it, and because of being targeted by the police, is frightened in case someone does come after her, it was this persons own fault after being warned not to do it, maybe this person now will have to take another role, and stand back for a couple of years, whilst the hardy can carry on, not be phased by threats from the police, and run the cheese roll in its own right. Also I would like to thank the community of brockworth in donating money to buy the cheeses, The legion and people who use the legion, mendip, the crosshands, tim Strimming the hill the day before and craig who spent hours clearing the hill, clare, debbie me, nick and friend, and 1 other, that is what its all about, not about 1 person who has been swept away by the publicity and has forgotten what its really all about, now please leave her alone, so she can get back to the real reason why she started. I have seen no one thanking the others, who without them it could not be possible

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  • PrivateEye  |  June 03 2013, 4:50PM

    2014 THE CHEESE ROLL WILL BE ORGANISED BY A GROUP OF PROPER LOCALS. THERE WILL BE NO PICTURES IN THE PAPER AND NO SINGLE FACE AS A LEADER. PROPER GLOUCESTER CHEESE WILL BE ROLLED. IF THE FALSE FAME SEEKING BUNCH WANT TO DO IT THEY CAN GO SECOND AS WE OLD LOCALS WILL CAMP THERE ALL NIGHT IF WE HAVE TO SO WE CAN BE ON THE HILL FIRST AND OBSERVE A PROPER CHEESE ROLL. VIVA LA REVOLUTION !

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  • zorro  |  June 03 2013, 4:30PM

    Well i am gobsmacked that information has come out that was supposed to be a secret, Yes the cheeses were bought from Smarts, but only a handful of people knew that, and Mrs smart did not know, you can go and buy cheese from her farm, in her shop, So I understand that the cheeses could of been rolled and was against the foam ones, I do agree that there is a degree of self importance going on here, and obviously due to exposure in the press, some one has leaked the fact the cheeses were bought from smarts farm, or told someone that also has an interest in organizing the cheese roll, in the paper the other day a person from Cumbria offered to supply the cheeses, why? the cheeses can be bought from Gloucester, why is someone from Cumbria getting involved, I am really confused, where peoples self Importance seems to overtaken the real reason for saving the cheese roll, if what has been said above is true, where are we going on this? is there another group taking over the cheese roll, that will be fun 4 foam cheeses and 4 real ones, at the top next year, or maybe 8 real ones if this guy from Cumbria comes along with his 4, Ok could have 12 races, The self important ones have made a mistake, there is a saying if you cannot stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen very appropriate I think. You the media are playing with these people, there is nothing wrong with good press, but lets have it in the interest of keeping our cheese roll, traditional. and ran by people who have no interest of self importance, just like the committee were, no one knew who they were. And that is how it should be now. Shame on the person who leaked that the cheeses were bought at smarts farm

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  • PrivateEye  |  June 03 2013, 3:39PM

    I am an 'organiser' of the cheese roll and let me tell you that this event is being taken over by one person who just wants their picture in the press and to take all the glory. The cheeses were purchased from mrs smart but to keep her safe she was not told what they were for. Next year the roll will not be faced out by one single person but will be done via a group so you will not see the anonymous person in the paper who we all recognise from the picture. Please folks give us a break how can you not give your name but have your picture there. JUST REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE BAD WITH THE GOOD, YOU CANT JUST HAVE THE GOOD. WATCH THIS SPACE !

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  • blhblahblah  |  June 03 2013, 12:53PM

    there are more than 1 organizer of the cheese roll and others have jumped on the band wagon, the cheeses will roll next year, some people have been frightened off by the police, thats why the foam was used, if no organizer is named or photographed as some want to be whilst others stay in the background, then it is only there fault that police targeted them, and put fear into them, the tradition of the cheese roll which is at the forefront of all the hard work that other un named people have done, is slowly dying, because some people prefer to be named and photographed, and have got lost in the media attention, rather than keeping on track for the real reason why they started in the beginning, the cheese roll is the cheese roll and to run foam is a mockery to the tradition, why was foam thrown down because the ones who have exposed them selves are frightened just incase some one does come along and sue them, you the media are not doing these people any favours, the real cheese will run next year, no one needs to know where the cheeses comes from, no one needs to put there names or faces to anything, and that is where it has gone all wrong, the people who havnt put there names or faces to it, are on track to the real reason why we have worked hard to save the cheese roll, as i have said others have lost track by there excitement of exposure, and have lost there way, maybe the ones in the background are older and wiser

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