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Cheese rolling heralds historic Gloucestershire event

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Randwick Wap is preceded by the annual cheese rolling. Picture by Sheila Bliss

Randwick Wap is preceded by the annual cheese rolling. Picture by Sheila Bliss

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CHEESE rolling heralded an annual village tradition being held this Saturday (May 10).

On Sunday Double Gloucesters were rolled around Randwick’s Church of St John the Baptist, ahead of the village Wap.

The cheeses were rolled ‘widdershins’ – anti-clockwise – around the church three times by the Wap mayor and Wap Queen, and children helped the cheeses around the church in time-honoured fashion.

The Randwick Wap and cheese rolling was revived in 1972 by the late Rev and Hon Niall Morrison.

A previous vicar stopped the festival in 1892 after it became a week-long round of drinking and debauchery.

Saturday’s event will be a more sober affair, which starts with a 12.45pm procession and features the Marcher Stuarts re-enactors, Morris dancers, giant inflatables, Nailsworth Silver Band and a fun dog show. Parking is £3 and admission is free-of-charge.

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  • LordGagas  |  May 08 2014, 10:29AM

    This should be banned, people could get hurt, bring in the police.

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