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Essential cheese-rolling facts and videos to guide you through the Cooper's Hill event

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

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It’s an historic event that has put Gloucestershire on the international map but how much do you know about cheese-rolling?

To coincide with the running of the event on Monday we have compiled a list of essential facts and a few videos to boot.

1. The ceremony originally took place on Whit Monday before later transferred to the Spring Bank Holiday

2. The cheese currently used in the event is 7-9 lb. Double Gloucester,

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3. Seven cheeses are being used at this year’s event

4. In March, 2010, an app which pays homage to the event titled "Cooper's Hill" was released for the iPhone

5. During the Second World War rationing was introduced, preventing the use of a cheese in the event. Consequently, from 1941 to 1954 a wooden "cheese" was used instead with a piece of cheese in a hollow space in the centre of the wooden replica.

6. In May, 2013, a police inspector warned the 86 year-old cheese maker, Diana Smart, that she could be held responsible for injuries and a foam cheese was used.

7. Previous winners including multiple champion Chris Anderson who isn’t running this year and US Army veteran Kenny Rackers.

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