Creamery celebrates 30 years of Wallace and Gromit with commemorative cheese truckle

Wallace and Gromit at the Wensleydale Creamery.

The Wensleydale Creamery has marked 30 years since Wallace and Gromit first graced the nation’s TV screens with a specially designed commemorative cheese truckle.

Wallace and Gromit, the beloved inventor and his genius pet dog, have been fans of cheese since their first film, A Grand Day Out.

For the Wensleydale Creamery, the partnership began on Christmas Eve 1995, when David Hartley, the creamery’s managing director received a cryptic postcard from Vernon Sproxton, father of Aardman’s co-founder, David Sproxton.

The postcard urged him to keep his eyes peeled for a BBC2 Christmas Eve Wallace and Gromit special, which is when we first saw Wallace declaring his love for Wensleydale Cheese in the film A Close Shave.

It was the distinct northern-ness and unique name that drew creator Nick Park to Yorkshire Wensleydale, and it has been Wallace’s favourite cheese ever since.

Over time, the infamous duo have become synonymous with Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, expressing their love for the cheese time and time again.

Mr Hartley said: “We’re incredibly proud that Wallace and Gromit chose to share their fondness of our much-loved cheese on the Christmas Eve episode back in 1995.

“Wallace and Gromit’s popularity has helped raise awareness for British cheese and specifically Yorkshire Wensleydale, and the loveable characters have now become a symbol of true love for our cheese.

“We wanted to show our own support and dedication to them by creating a unique label for our original Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese to celebrate their 30th birthday.

“Visitors to the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre can also discover a range of W&G merchandise in the Gift Shop, as well as have their photo taken with them the famous pair with a bespoke display crafted by a local charity in the Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience.”

The Wallace and Gromit commemorative truckle is available from the Wensleydale Creamery’s Cheese Shop & Website and selected wholesalers at RRP £4.25/200g truckle.