'Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale for generations and is key to the prosperity of the local economy in the dales. The creamery is a large local employer, but is also critical to the success of services and local farmers in the area. We support this bid wholeheartedly,' said John Blackie, leader of the council.
'From an economic development stance, Wensleydale cheese is vitally important to the district - hence the furore we helped to create when Dairy Crest planned to move production to Lancashire in the early 90s, 'said chief executive Harry Tabiner. 'Wensleydale is a key local and regional brand and it deserves to be protected.'
Councillor Rob Johnson added: 'It is important the council recognises the role played by all cheesemakers in the district and supports them in their endeavours.'