Sunday, December 31, 2006

What a strange thing to do with a good piece of Cheese!

Every May on a steep hill in Gloucesterhire in the west of England thousands of people gather to watch a local contestants roll a 7lb Double Gloucester cheese down Coopers Hill.

Some say this is one of the oldest customs to have survived in England and no one seems to know why they do it. It is believed to have its roots in pre Roman times. it has even been suggested it is a pagan healing ritual!!

The cheese is rolled (and chased) down a ridiculously steep hill with the first to get to the bottom declared the winner, however they arrive. Simple you might say...aha ..the event is fraught with danger with the ambulances whisking injured competitors and spectators to hospital. Those that actually finish with ankles and legs in tact probably end up at the local pub. The Cheese travels at around 70 miles an hour and some of the participants said they felt they rolled down after it at the same speed.

The next Cheese Rolling and Wake takes place on 28 May 2007. This is the English at their weirdest.


:: posted by Robyne, 6:12 PM


Hoorah ...... You're off and running ! It looks great .....
Blogger COLORADO BOB, at December 31, 2006 at 7:26 PM  
gret, very good picture, I like the post on the background...nice Robyne and I wish you a very very happy new year dear, bloavez mad...
That event is quite surprising!!!
see you dear
mousie running after the cheese to get a little bit
Blogger Mousie, at January 1, 2007 at 7:57 AM  
A 7 lb. Double Gloucester would cost a small fortune where I live. I think I'd choose to roll a cheaper cheese, and save the Double Gloucester for eating. Now, exactly which cheese would I choose....
Blogger ari_1965, at January 3, 2007 at 4:42 PM  
I really like your site it's nicely done. How funny about the cheese rolling. It's amazing how we continue to celebrate bazzar traditions. I suppose to out siders some of our traditions seem crazy too.
Blogger HecticbutHappy, at January 5, 2007 at 7:23 AM  
I am from the UK and its Weird whatever way you look at it! Funny though.
Blog looks great
Blogger crpitt, at January 5, 2007 at 4:49 PM  

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