The flavours of Wensleydale go to Chelsea

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chelsea Pensioners Paddy Fox and Mike Shanahan look forward to their Wensleydale cheese Chelsea Pensioners Paddy Fox and Mike Shanahan look forward to their Wensleydale cheese

THE unique flavour of Wensleydale will be enjoyed by some very special pensioners over this Christmas period.

The Hawes-based Wensleydale Creamery was at the centre of the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in London today, (December 4) – after donating some of their of their traditional product for the Chelsea Pensioners to enjoy this festive season.

The ceremony dates back to 1692 when the Royal Hospital asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners - retired veterans of the British Army - with cheese as a Christmas treat.

Ever since, cheesemakers from all over the country have continued the tradition and donated a selection of cheeses for the Chelsea Pensioners.

The donations are organised by the Dairy Council and chairman Sandy Wilkie said: “We are always very proud of the generosity that British cheesemakers show at this time of year donating cheeses to these much-loved war veterans.”

Pensioner Paddy Fox, 80, said: “It is a great honour to take part in this wonderful ceremony.

"I am proud to represent the In-Pensioners here at the Royal Hospital.

"We cannot thank the cheesemakers enough for their generous contributions.”

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