In 2001, the event had to be cancelled due to
the restrictions imposed after the outbreak of "Foot and Mouth"
disease in England!
*Three times in recent years, the public event has been cancelled:
police had been very concerned by the number of injuries (most of them fairly
minor) that were reported the previous year.
2001 - A widespread outbreak of 'Foot-and-mouth' disease lead to the near 'closure' of the countryside. The public was advised not to visit rural areas and even locals were not walking on the hill. It was therefore impossible to hold the event.
2003 - SARAID were unavailable at short notice due to an earthquake in Algeria during May 2003 which required the assistance of the search-and -rescue team. Without their presence, the St. John team had to withdraw their services at short notice (3 days!) and the committee was forced once more to cancel the event.
However ... on each of these occasions a single cheese has been rolled by the committee, to maintain the tradition.
(Photos © J.J.)
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