Royal visit will mark 100 year milestone

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PRINCESS Anne is to visit a village dairy today to help mark its centenary year.

The Princess Royal will visit Colston Bassett Dairy, which has been making cheese since 1913, from 10.45am.

She will be taken on a tour of the business by Colston Bassett Manager Billy Kevan and will then unveil a plaque to commemorate the 100 year milestone.

The dairy is also organising a number of other events to celebrate.

It has already held a thanksgiving service, in April, and is inviting residents to take part in a charity Village Day on June 29.

The event, which will run from 2.30pm at the Village Hall, will include, live jazz music, cheese tastings, demonstrations, a historical display from the last 100 years and a hog roast.

It will raise funds for three charities, the Peter Le Marchant Trust, Nottingham Riding for the Disabled Group and Dove Cottage Day Hospice.

Mr Kevan will also be making a trip to America to thank the dairy’s American customers who are big supporters of Colston Bassett Stilton.

He said: “Our celebrations are not just about the cheese being made for the past 100 years but also about the fact that the farmers and residents on the Colston Bassett Dairy Committee have been working together for this length of time.”

The dairy’s celebrations will end with a fireworks display on Saturday, November 2.