A new cheese being launched by Doddington Dairy next week commemorates one of Northumberland’s best-loved heroines.
Darling Blue is named in memory of Grace Darling, aged just 22 when she helped rescue the survivors of a shipwreck off the Farne Islands in 1838.
Cheese maker Margaret Anne Maxwell said: “When we were looking for a name, we wanted to emphasise its youthful character and its strong connections with Northumberland.
“Grace Darling is many people’s idea of an ideal heroine, and we are pleased to honour her in our cheese.”
It is a creamy, full-flavoured blue cheese with a naturally moulded rind. Matured for around 2-3 months it is Doddington’s only pasteurised milk cheese and joins their portfolio of Cheese of Great Character’, which also includes their Admiral Collingwood Cheese.
Margaret Anne said: “We’ve been designing and testing Darling Blue for years, and are very pleased with the reactions of everyone who has trialled it.”
Doddington Dairy hand-craft 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. “I believe in quality, tradition and provenance,” added Margaret Anne. “Our hand crafted cheeses are normally made from the unpasteurised milk of our own dairy herd. They are milked every single day since 1950 and one of only 22 herds left in the whole of Northumberland.”
Darling Blue will be launched on Monday, November 17 at Fenwick of Newcastle Food Hall. It will also be available in restaurants, delicatessen and speciality food shops across the north east.
Doddington’s cheese range includes Admiral Collingwood, named after the 2nd in command of Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar, whose role in the victory was almost equally vital.
He, like Grace, was “a local lad” – and hero.