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Jon Venables And The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Race Create A Daily Mail Wet Nightmare

by | 13th, March 2010

CHEESE gives you nightmares, like, er, Jon Venables (Really, you need to read this til the end.). The Mail seized upon the story that the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Race has been axed. Cheese racers will not be charging down the 1:1 gradient Cooper’s Hill, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, in pursuit of a Double Gloucester.
Taboid Watch blog’s MacGuffin takes  a look at how a story is distorted to comply with the narrative: It’s Daily Mail News gone Mad!
Here’s a classic Mail headline :

A two-hundred-year-old British tradition ruined by ‘health and safety killjoys’? It’s a Mail wet dream:

One of the UK’s oldest traditional events has been killed off this year after falling victim to health and safety concerns.

But, as usual with such stories, it’s not entirely accurate.

Yes, this year’s race at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester has been cancelled. But :

The organisers of the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake regret to announce that the 2010 event has been cancelled.

The attendance at the event has far outgrown the location where it has traditionally been held for several hundred years: last year more than 15,000 people tried to attend (according to official estimates) which is more than three times the capacity of the site.

So the organisers cancelled it. Not ‘health and safety killjoys’ then?

And it’s nothing to do with the actual cheese-roll race itself, which the Mail seems to imply.
While quoting some of the comments left on the Committee’s blog , they ignore some of the others. Such as:

Being another committee bloke can we just make it clear here that the police, council or hse do not organise the cheese roll, nor have they stopped it. We the committee organise the event and now that we have the support and help of the council and police, we WILL continue to do so.

Not ‘health and safety killjoys’ then?

Another committee member says:

Last year the roads around the site were blocked for miles, visitors’ cars were abandoned everywhere when traffic stopped flowing and many were then vandalised.

Not ‘health and safety killjoys’ then?

In their official statement, they say:

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  • June

    Didn’t Gordon Brown get a lambasting in the Wail then? Last week there was an event in the US, pure US domestic, but GB got blamed for it.
    Oh the Wail makes me chuckle

  • chenier

    ‘Really, you need to read this til the end’

    Bloody nanny state…

  • Rockhopper

    Oi reckon tis probly still happnin my dears, organisers put this out to keep the crowds down, make it what it used to be, a local event fer local people!