The big cheese

Margaret-Ann Maxwell with the Berwick Edge award.

Margaret-Ann Maxwell with the Berwick Edge award.

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A NORTH Northumberland producer is a real big cheese when it comes to dairy products.

Doddington Dairy has won a top national trophy for its Berwick Edge cheese in the Specialist Cheesemakers Association awards, the Oscars of the cheese world.

It is the first time a cheese from the North East has won the James Aldridge Memorial Trophy, beating 20 other British cheeses made from unpasteurised milk.

Margaret-Ann Maxwell, who created Berwick Edge with her brother Neill, was invited to the awards ceremony in Gloucestershire where she was presented with a scroll and a china plate, designed, decorated and donated by the Prince of Wales.

Margaret-Ann said: “I am particularly delighted that Berwick Edge won this award as I often think of it as the Cinderella of our cheeses as Doddington Cheese is much better known nationally.

“I’d like to thank the team of five who make the cheeses at Doddington Dairy and also everyone locally who has bought and supported this cheese over the years and for making it our best seller in the North East. And of course the cheese wouldn’t be what it is without our fantastic dairy herd and good quality Northumberland grass.

“It’s a particularly fitting award as James Aldridge, who was a renowned English cheesemaker, rang me several years ago out of the blue to give me some very valuable advice on my cheeses when I first started making them.”