Stink over cancelled cheese race

The ancient sport of cheese-rolling is in a pickle. Fans were so incensed by plans to charge spectators £20 that organisers have cancelled the competition for the second year running.

It had also been proposed to shift the competition, in which a 7lb Double Gloucester cheese is sent rolling down the precipitous slope of Cooper's Hill, Brockworth, from a spring bank holiday to a two-day festival in June. But the measures, intended to improve crowd safety, led to accusations of profiteering and threats being made against the organisers.