Colston Bassett’s 100th anniversary celebrations began on Sunday 21st April with a thanksgiving church service in the village. The service was by invitation only and guests included Colston Bassett villagers, Dairy shareholders, workers and managers – past and present.
Bill Handbury, a Dairy Committee member, provided a summary of the one hundred year history of the Dairy and the daughters of the long standing manager, Ernest Wagstaff re-told their childhood memories. The whole village was involved in the event – the village hall and the church were decorated with bunting and photographic displays created by children from Colston Bassett School.
Colston Bassett’s 100th year anniversary celebrations have captured the imagination of local people – with BBC Radio Nottingham reporting on the event. Sarah Julian interviewed both Billy Kevan, the Dairy Manager and Mrs Le Marchcant-Connell, a local farmer, the village vicar and a committee member, about the growth and success of Colston Bassett Stilton. BBC News has also helped spread the word of the centenary by posting an article on their website! To read the article or to listen to the radio broadcast click on the links below:
BBC Radio Nottingham: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016t5kp