Young men of Brockworth in Gloucestershire have from Time Immemorial, at least for a couple of centuries, possibly even from Roman or Phoenician Antiquity, been celebrating the arrival of Spring with the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, a peculiar local competition involving a hazardous madcap pursuit down a steep hill after a large round block of Double Gloucester cheese.
The London Times reports that safety, insurance, and traffic considerations, in other words bureaucracy and general poltroonery, have caused this year’s cheese-rolling to be cancelled.
A centuries-old cheese rolling contest has fallen victim to health and safety â€” but not because of the broken bones and dozens of other injuries sustained each year.
Organisers of Gloucestershireâ€™s annual competition have cancelled the event due to be held on May 31 because of concerns raised by the police and local authority over traffic and crowd control.
Good blog article on the tradition
Cheese-Rolling in Gloucestershire web-site
Maccabees “Can You Give It” 3:18 Cheese-Rolling song video
Hat tip to No Pasaran.