2001

2011 Event Cancelled.

In 2001, the event had to be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed after the outbreak of "Foot and Mouth" disease in England!
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:

1998 - The police had been very concerned by the number of injuries (most of them fairly minor) that were reported the previous year. The following statement was issued to the press on Tuesday 19th. May, (the week before the Bank holiday) by the Cheese Roll Committee:  
"The organising committee of the Cooper’s Hill  Cheese Rolling has reluctantly concluded that because of bureaucratic constraints related to public safety, the great spectacle of the Cheese Rolling cannot take place this year.
 
Adverse and inappropriate comments recently seen in the local press have precipitated reaction from those in charge of essential services that attend the Cheese Rolling. This has resulted in preconditions being set that in the view of the Committee cannot be guaranteed.

 
The safety of the public has always been of paramount importance to the organisers and because of the inherent risks associated with the event the Committee has made its reluctant decision."

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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