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War veterans in the Royal Hospital Chelsea retirement home celebrated the start of the festive season by tucking in to Mull of Kintyre cheddar cheese.
The Chelsea Pensioners joined in a ceremonial celebration of British cheese with First Milk donating 3.9kg of Mull of Kintyre and Isle of Arran mature cheddar.
One Pensioner tucking in with special pride may have been David MacIntyre, a former Dalintober Infants and Campbeltown Grammar school pupil and ex-Scots Guards piper, who moved from Campbeltown to the Royal Hospital Chelsea retirement home last year.
Cheese has been a favourite among British soldiers serving on the front line for centuries and today the Chelsea Pensioners consider the ceremony of Christmas cheeses the start of their Yuletide celebrations.
Ash Amirahmadi, chairman of the Dairy Council, said: ‘Cheese-makers across the UK have a great tradition of paying tribute to the courage and contribution made by our war veterans, and this year they certainly didn’t disappoint.
‘Cheese is a food of the forces. It has been included in soldiers’ rations for centuries and that says it all – from its nutritional value to its much-loved taste, we have a great British product.’
Mull of Kintyre cheddar was served at the retirement home. NO_c37mokcheddar01