The End of the Cooper’s hill Cheese RollMarch 16, 2010
It was a goal of mine to go to England and win Glouchester’s most coveted prize: A wheel of Cheese.
For nearly two centuries, runners and spectators have gathered on a steep Cotswolds hill for the Whitsun cheese rolling.
The rough and tumble spectacle sees daredevil competitors chase a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester down the 200-yard incline in one of Britain’s most eccentric traditions.
This is what it the 2009 Cheese Roll looked like:
Yes, that looks AWESOME!
After an illustrious 183-year run, the annual Whitsun cheese-rolling event on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester has been canceled, partly for safety reasons. Add “chasing cheese wheels down a steep hill” to the list of things that England has deemed unsafe.
Supporters of the event were saddened, saying they were losing “another part of our English culture to issues of crowd health and safety.”
More from the UK Mail on why it was canceled:
There are dozens of injuries every year among the men and women who hurl themselves down the hill in a bid to catch the cheese, but these are mainly minor.
However, the sheer number of people flooding in to watch the event has led to increasing concern from the police and councils.
This year’s cheese-rolling was due to take place on May 31. But Richard Jefferies, of the event’s organising committee, said: ‘We have had to cancel on the advice of the police and local authorities.
‘Last year 15,000 spectators tried to come to the event, by far the most we have ever seen, and we just could not cope.
‘As well as concerns about the safety of the crowd and the competitors, landowners were worried by the amount of damage done by people climbing over fences and that sort of thing.’