Wensleydale Creamery to feature on national TV next week

John Prescott in the cheese maturing room at the Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes will feature in two national TV programmes, broadcasting on Channel 5 next week.

The creamery welcomed former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, to see behind the scenes at the Creamery for new documentary series, Made in Yorkshire, which discovers the secrets behind the region’s most iconic foods.

The programme will air on Channel 5 at 9pm on Tuesday, April 10.

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The charismatic politician, who has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and was the MP for Hull East for 40 years, journeys around the region for Made in Yorkshire, learning about and getting involved in the intriguing processes of Yorkshire food production.

This included meeting with cheese-makers hard at work producing Yorkshire Wensleydale to grace the shelves of supermarkets and independent retailers across the UK and worldwide.

The Creamery also recently welcomed JB Gill, former JLS band member turned farmer, to try his hand at making Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese and visit some of the Yorkshire farms which supply the milk to produce its award winning dairy range as part of the Springtime on the Farm series, airing on Channel 5 at 8pm on Wednesday, April 11.

The programme celebrates the hard work of farmers around the country battling all year round to keep providing food for the nation’s tables.

JB Gill with David Hartley.

JB visited dairy farmer and Wensleydale Creamery supplier, Kevin Clarkson, to follow the journey of Yorkshire milk from farm through to Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

This saw him getting to grips with, and even trying his hand at, the cheese-making process.

David Hartley, managing director for the Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We’re passionate and proud of our Yorkshire heritage and provenance and were delighted to welcome Channel 5’s film crews, as well as presenters JB Gill and John Prescott, to showcase and celebrate our rich cheese-making history and the quality of food production and farming in the region.

“Yorkshire as a food brand is gaining recognition throughout the UK and Europe for its world-class offering, evidenced by the attention it’s warranting on a national stage, and we hope the nation will tune into Channel 5 this week to show their support for our region’s incredibly special food credentials”..