Somerset cheese donated to veterans’ party

In-Pensioners Derek Walters BEM and David Jordon with donated cheese

In-Pensioners Derek Walters BEM and David Jordon with donated cheese - Credit: Archant

TWO cheese-makers donated some of their produce to the Chelsea Pensioners to enjoy at their annual Christmas cheese ceremony.

In-Pensioners Derek Walters BEM and David Jordon with donated cheese

In-Pensioners Derek Walters BEM and David Jordon with donated cheese - Credit: Archant

OMSCo, based in Worle, and Trethowan’s Dairy, based at Puxton Park in Hewish, donated hefty amounts of food to contribute to the 64.1kg of Somerset cheese at the Chelsea Pensioners’ feast.

The centuries-old tradition began in 1692 when the Royal Hospital in London asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners with cheese as a Christmas treat.

Cheese-makers across the country have continued this tradition ever since.

Chairman of The Dairy Council, Sandy Wilkie, said: “The ceremony is one of the most loved events of the dairy calendar, but it is also one of the most historic.


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“British cheese-makers from across the country have once again done us proud by donating an outstanding 269kg of fine quality, nutritious and tasty cheeses to pay tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of our war veterans.”

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