Caerphilly Big Cheese big crowds
3:41pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in News
YET again the Big Cheese, now in its 15th year, attracted upwards of 80,000 people from all over the Caerphilly borough and beyond.
The Great Cheese race kicked off proceedings on Friday when 28 teams took part in the race.
Then there was a Parade of Nations, when ore than 150 people from across the globe donned their country's national dress and paraded through Caerphilly town and onto the Big Cheese site, with a spectacular fireworks display over Caerphilly Castle concluding proceedings.
Grandparents, parents, and children, young and old came along at the weekend to watch the re-enactments, go on the fairground rides and visit the numerous stalls selling food, crafts and many other wares.
One dad from Caerphilly, Kai Mayberry from Castle View went with his son Will, three, and daughter Chloe, 17 months and their mum Sam.
Both mum and dad have been to the event for many years after growing up in the area.
He said: "We have been coming for years. It's a great day out for the family."
Another family with mum Alex Cullarford, dad Richard and their son Max, five came from Cardiff and said that in comparison to the Cardiff Big Weekend the Big Cheese was far better for families and there was lots to do.
Leader of the Caerphilly Borough Council, Cllr Harry Andrews said: "The Big Cheese festival has become one of the most popular events in Wales and has contributed greatly to helping put Caerphilly county borough on the map as a key tourism destination."
He continued: "A lot of hard work goes into organising an event of this magnitude and I would like to thank the organisers and our sponsors for their continued support - it really is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank all the local people who once again turned out to make this year's Big Cheese such a success."
For further information on events in Caerphilly county borough, please visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/events