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Justin's new spin on cheese wheels
Lyme Regis cheesemonger Justin Tunstall has created his own Rock ’n’ Cheese Hall of Fame, which is going down a storm in the pop world as a new mark of making it big.
Justin, owner of the prize-winning Town Mill Cheesemonger, is delighting the music business with a range of cheddars in the shape of a 7-inch record which are proving a hit with stars and their fans alike as a new trend grows to ‘please cheese me’.
Fans of Eighties chart-toppers Squeeze, who had hits with Cool For Cats and Up The Junction, were so impressed when Justin marked the band’s Pop Up tour last year with a special edition Tempted cheddar that The Squeeze Cheese shot off the shelves.
Brit band Dodgy, who had chart success with their smash hit Good Enough, loved Justin’s move to mark the release of their new album with a Dorset cheddar in the shape of a 45 rpm, and to celebrate they launched their Stand Upright In A Cool Place album in his Lyme shop.
And when Justin commemorated BBC rock DJs Radcliffe and Maconie broadcasting from their walk along the Jurassic Coast with another cheddar record, former Radio 1 star and Sony radio awards-winner Mark Radcliffe told their listeners ‘this is the best thing that has ever happened to us’, causing a rush on the cheese shop.
“There appears to be a certain kudos in the music business to having a cheese named after you,” said Justin.
“It’s one thing to have your own gold record on the wall but it’s something else to have your own-brand cheese in your fridge,” said the cheesemonger who for the last three years running has won a gold at the Taste Of The West Awards.
Now Justin has launched another commemorative pop cheese to celebrate the success of the pop band The Duckworth Lewis Method with their album Sticky Wickets.
The band – Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh from Pugwash – were “charmed and delighted” with the cheese which, as all of the songs on the album are themed on cricket, has been burgundy-waxed in the shape of a cricket ball and he launched the cheese with the band at the recent Trent Bridge Test.
The collection of pop records and other commemorative cheeses can be seen at The Town Mill Cheesemonger.