A couple of Cheesemakers took a slice of tradition from the history books by baptising their son – through a circle of CHEESE.
Andy and Kathy Swinscoe re-enacted a centuries-old tradition by passing two-month-old Walter through a ‘ring of cheese‘ – which is supposed to give a child good luck for the rest of their life.
The new parents discovered the tradition of ‘groaning cheese‘ in a 19th century book which advised cutting chunks of Cheddar from the centre of a wheel and passing the baby through the middle.
The remaining pieces of cheese are then shared as gifts to well-wishers, family and friends.
Andy, who runs Settle’s Courtyard Dairy in Settle, North Yorks., said: “When I first told Kathy that I thought it was a good idea to re-enact the tradition I expected her to disagree in no uncertain terms – but she warmed to the idea.
“It’s true that both of us love a bit of British eccentricity, so seeing our newborn into the world through the middle of a cheese seemed particularly fitting for the son of dedicated cheesemongers.”
Victorian custom dictates that the remaining cheese should be distributed to the young, unmarried women present.
The women were supposed to put the rind in the toe of their left stocking and throw it over their right shoulder, before retreating to bed, walking backwards and without speaking, to dream of their future husbands.