TEARING past hay bales, knocking over scarecrows and winding round cutout cows, energetic cheesemakers battled to be crowned cheese-rolling champions.
On Tuesday crowds gathered in Bridge Street, Chester, as cheesemakers from across Cheshire raced around the makeshift farmyard course to kick-start the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival on Pancake Day.
Cheese-lovers gathered at the Cross as the teams from Chester, Macclesfield, and Malpas prepared to roll their giant speciality cheeses at the event, which was held for the 11th time in the city centre.
But before the afternoon’s races could officially begin, the festival’s ceremonial Cheshire cheese was lead from the Cheshire Taste Cafe through the streets of the city, before the celebrations were officially opened by Lord Mayor of Chester Eleanor Johnson.
Crowds shouted and screamed as the Cheshire Cheese Company of Macclesfield, Chorlton Cheshire Cheese of Malpas and the reigning champion, The Cheese Shop in Chester, took part in the challenge.
This year the three teams of dairy fanatics were joined by teams from Dee 106.3, Taste Cheshire and Yogart, Chester’s newest frozen yoghurt shop in Bridge Street .
After a nail-biting final, which saw The Cheshire Cheese Company of Macclesfield and Chorlton Cheese of Malpas go head to head, the Macclesfield company scraped past the finish line and bagged the championship title for the first time in their history.
Speaking just after the victory, Richard Buxton, of The Cheshire Cheese Company, said: “Wow! I can’t believe that we have won.
“It was such fun, I just need to get my breath back now!”