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No decision for cheese-roll event

Cheese rolling
More than 15,000 people attended last year's event

A meeting has taken place to discuss the future of Gloucestershire's annual cheese-rolling competition which was cancelled amid health and safety fears.

Organisers of the event at Cooper's Hill near Brockworth said 15,000 people attended last year's event - more than three times the site's capacity.

Representatives from the event, police and council officials met to discuss the issues that are causing concern.

No decision was reached but the meeting was described as "very productive".

Too popular

A Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman said it was still possible the event could still go ahead.

The group plans to meet again in April to discuss any progress made and whether measures can be put in place to allow the event to go ahead on 31 May.

As the event had gained in popularity so had the number of people attending, and the site could not handle the number of visitors.

There were also concerns raised that property had been damaged by people climbing over fences.

The competition, which dates back hundreds of years, involves participants chasing a 7lb Double Gloucester cheese down the hill in a series of races.

The winner of each race wins the cheese.



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