bmi regional and Southampton Airport give cheese salute to Her Majesty The Queen for her 90th birthday

Southampton royal Cheese Salute
Mike and Judy Smales of Lyburn Cheese plus bmi regional pilots and crew

bmi regional, Southampton Airport and local cheesemakers, Lyburn Cheese, are teaming up to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in true Hampshire style.

This year Her Majesty the Queen is celebrating her 90th Birthday and the British Consul in Munich, Germany, wanted to do something extra special to mark the occasion. On a recent trade mission to Munich where stakeholders from Southampton Airport and the local region met their German counterparts, it was decided that a suitable offering for Her Majesty would be a very special seven tier ‘cheese cake’ made from award-winning local cheese.

Each year in Munich prestigious birthday celebrations are held in honour of The Queen hosted by the British Consul for key business leaders and stakeholders, with around 400 people attending. The cheese cake will be flown over to Munich on the new bmi regional route from Southampton and will have pride of place at the British Consul’s celebratory party for The Queen on the 1st June.

Mike Smales from local company, Lyburn Cheese, has co–ordinated this cheese cake on behalf of cheese makers in the region for an extra special ‘cheese salute’ to Her Majesty on her birthday. The seven tier cake will be made of cheese sourced from Salisbury, Basingstoke, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Reading.

Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi regional, commented on the initiative,

‘At bmi regional we take great pride in flying our passengers in both comfort and style. It’s an honour to be working with Southampton Airport in transporting this unusual local gift on our latest new route to Munich. It’s great to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday as well as the launch of new air links between Southampton and Bavaria in such a delightful and delicious way. I’m sure this foodie offering will be appreciated by all who attend the event.’

Dave Lee’s, Managing Director of Southampton Airport, says

“We would like to send good wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on this special birthday and hope that the people of Munich will enjoy these award-winning cheeses from this region.”

Mike Smales, Owner and Cheese Maker at Lyburn Cheese, said

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the local Artisan cheese makers to join forces with their counterparts in a totally different industry, to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday in another part of Europe.”

24th May 2016


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