NOSTALGIA - People were snooker loopy about local cheese

Richard Holmes of Cryer & Stott with rhubarb cheese.

Richard Holmes of Cryer & Stott with rhubarb cheese.

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SNOOKER stars were going potty for Wakefield’s famous Ruby Gold Cheese.

Suppliers Cryer and Stott chalked up another massive coup by securing an exclusive deal to provide their cheese for the entire fortnight of the Embassy World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Their big break came when Shaun Wallace, executive chef at the Crucible, was impressed with the quality and range of cheeses available when he visited the firm at Wakefield market hall.

Players, officials and VIPs got to tuck into an extensive range of Yorkshire cheeses, including Wensleydale, Yorkshire Blue, Coverdale and Swaledale.

But manager Richard Holmes said the big favourite would be Wakefield’s very own rhubarb-flavoured Ruby Gold.

He said: “It will help put Ruby Gold onto the world stage. We had the chance last year to present our products and got a great response. We even had people from America get in touch with us.”

The cheese was made with rhubarb grown at the farm of E Oldroyd and Sons.