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Doddington Dairy Cheese adds another cheese to its Award-winning RangeOne of Northumberland's best-loved heroines, Grace Darling, has been commemorated in a new cheese, Darling Blue. It is being officially launched on Monday 17th November 6pm 10pm at Fenwick of Newcastle Food Hall where samples of the cheese will be available for people to taste.The cheese is named in memory of the 22 year-old heroine, who helped rescue the survivors of a shipwreck off the Farne Islands in 1838. The Darling Blue Cheese is a creamy, full-flavoured blue cheese with a naturally moulded rind. Matured for around 2-3 months it is Doddingtons only pasteurised milk cheese and joins their portfolio of Cheese of Great Character, which also includes their Admiral Collinwood Cheese. Doddington Dairy, based in the village near Wooler, hand-crafts cheese from its own milk. Normally using raw milk and rennet, it creates and matures its cheeses in the stone barns of its own farm buildings. Made from pasteurised milk, Darling Blue is their first blue cheese and the first cheese that they have launched for seven years. Margaret Anne Maxwell, Cheese Maker gives some further background:Weve been designing and testing Darling Blue for a number of years, and are very pleased with the reactions of everyone who has trialled it. When we were looking for a name, we wanted to emphasise its youthful character and its strong connections with Northumberland. Grace Darling is many peoples idea of an ideal heroine, and we are pleased to honour her in our cheese. Margaret Anne adds: I believe in quality, tradition and provenance. Here at Doddington our hand crafted cheeses are normally made from the unpasteurised milk of our own dairy herd. Milked every single day since 1950 and one of only 22 herds left in the whole of Northumberland. Darling Blue is now available in restaurants, delicatessen and speciality food shops across the North East. The story of the wreck of the Forfarshire, during one of the worst storms recorded off the Northumbria coast is one of the great feats of strength, courage and selflessness ever told. The ship, whose engines had failed, was hoping to shelter between the Farnes and the Shore, but misread the lighthouse signals in the storm dark and struck Great Harcar, off the outer Farne. 43 drowned, 9 escaped in a lifeboat, and 9 scrambled onto the rocks.Grace spotted them from her bedroom, and with her father rowed through the storm to rescue the survivors as they clung to the reef. Their boat was so small they had to make two journeys. Grace became an international heroine. Doddingtons cheese range includes Doddington, Berwick Edge, Cuddys Cave, and Smoked Cuddys Cave all named from locations in the vicinity of the Dairy itself. Baltic is a beer-washed cheese named after the Liverpool Brewery that provided the beer. Admiral Collingwood is named for the 2nd in command of Nelsons fleet at Trafalgar, whose role in the victory was almost equally vital. He, like Grace, was a local lad and hero.
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