Truro cheesemaker Lynher Dairies Cheese Co was at the centre of the annual Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea in London.
They kindly donated 3.4 kg of their traditional Cornish Yarg for the Chelsea Pensioners to enjoy this festive season.
The special Christmas ceremony, celebrated today, the 4th of December, dates back to 1692.
The tradition began when the Royal Hospital, Chelsea asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners - retired veterans of the British Army - with cheese as a Christmas treat. Ever since, cheesemakers from all over the country have continued the tradition and donated a selection of cheeses for the Chelsea Pensioners.
This year, glitz and glamour came to the Royal Hospital when Strictly Come Dancing’s much loved dancing duo, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag took to the floor with sprightly Chelsea Pensioners to mark the start of their festive season.
The Dairy Council has been organising the donations for over 50 years. They are presented to the in-pensioners during a special ceremony at the Hospital.
Sandy Wilkie, Chairman of The Dairy Council said: “We are very pleased that once again the men and women of the Royal Hospital will enjoy 200 kg kilos of fine quality British cheeses throughout this Christmas period.
"We are always very proud of the generosity that British cheesemakers show at this time of year donating cheeses to these much loved war veterans. We are also delighted to have Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag as our guests, who truly entertained the Chelsea Pensioners today.”
Videos of the Christmas Cheeses Ceremony will be available on the newly launched www.DairyCouncil.TV , an internet-based TV Channel that highlights the role of dairy foods in a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.