Sunrise solo cheese rolling keeps Gloucestershire tradition alive

DESPITE Gloucestershire’s historic cheese-rolling event being cancelled again this year, one man has made it his mission to uphold the tradition.

Master of the Cheese Jem Wakeman took a 9lb Double Gloucester to the top of Cooper’s Hill, near Brockworth, Gloucester as the sun rose this morning, Monday, before ceremonially rolling it to the bottom.

He said: “We will definitely be back next year, this can’t go on.”

This year’s roll was dedicated to local farmer David Hardwick, a great supporter of the event in previous years, who died after a farming accident last year.

The cheese rolling event traditionally takes place on the second bank holiday in May and attracts thousands of spectators and rollers.

It was cancelled today – for the second year in a row – due to Covid restrictions.

Photos by Simon Pizzey

Gazette Series Gloucestershire