Festive Cheer to Veterans

South Caernarfon Creameries has bought a slice of Christmas cheer to war veterans with a gift of our top quality cheese. We gave some of our finest Cavern Aged Cheddar, Cheddar & Leek and Caerffili cheeses to the Chelsea Pensioners at the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses.

South Caernarfon Creameries contributed to the fun of old soldiers with a gift of top quality cheeses towards their Christmas celebrations. A cavern matured cheddar was given along with cheddar with leeks and Caerphilly cheese for Chelsea pensioners for their annual ' Christmas cheeses ' ceremony.

Giving cheese to veterans to enjoy over Christmas is an old tradition and dates back to 1692 when the Royal Infirmary asked the local cheese seller to provide the pensioners with cheese as a Christmas treat. According to history, Cheese has been instrumental in providing important nutrition for soldiers.

2018 marked the centenary of the armistice and paid tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives to battle Britain's wars since the First World War.

Managing director Alan Wyn Jones said:

"We are delighted that we have contributed a range of cheeses to Chelsea pensioners. The Christmas cheeses ceremony is a special tradition and summarises everything that is good about the festive period. "

International singer and pianist Joe Stilgoes was there to raise the fun with a mix of traditional songs at the ceremony.

This year the pensioner and veteran Alan Goddard was given the traditional privilege of breaking the cheese. He said: "I feel very proud to be part of the Royal Infirmary tradition dating back to 1692 when it opened."

In addition, the chair of Dairy UK said: "There is no better time than the Christmas cheese ceremony to honour our veterans and celebrate the delicious and nutritious cheeses alongside excellent cheesemakers. This is the perfect start to the Christmas season. "