A FORMER Coronation Street star was one of the familiar faces at this year’s Cheshire Show.

Crowds packed the food tent at the Tabley showground to sample a range of locally made cheeses and meet their producers, who this year included ex-Coronation Street star Sean Wilson.

The former actor, who set up the successful Saddleworth Cheese Co after departing the famous cobbles, lent his voice to the campaign to swap supermarket cheddar for Cheshire cheese.

He said: “We are trying to make cheese like it used to taste and I think that’s what all the Cheshire makers are trying to do too.”

Crewe producer David Williams, who organised the show’s cheese section, offered free samples of the county’s namesake cheese in support of the Love Cheese, Eat Cheshire campaign.

He said: “It isn’t as popular as it used to be. The customer sometimes isn’t offered it as much as other cheeses like cheddar. I would say to people, ‘buy Cheshire’.”

Dwindling popularity has seen the number of Cheshire cheese producers in the county fall from 200 before the Second World War to only five today.