Still time to enter Wellingborough’s Bake Off competition

Deborah Manger (front left) is one of the judges for the Wellingborough competition

Deborah Manger (front left) is one of the judges for the Wellingborough competition

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Baking enthusiasts have until the end of Thursday to enter into Wellingborough’s version of The Great British Bake Off.

The Great Wellingborough Bake Off takes place on Saturday, October 26, with a marquee being set up in the town’s Gloucester Place.

Deborah Manger

Deborah Manger

The contest has been organised by Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID) to encourage more people into the town centre.

John Cable, manager of Wellingborough BID, which stages events to promote the town centre, said: “We’ve had a healthy response so far but there’s still time to enter.

“The Great British Bake Off seems to have really captured people’s imagination because it’s a real celebration of a great British tradition.

“At the Wellingborough BID, our job is to support the town centre economy by driving more people to shop local and what better way of attracting interest by staging a baking contest.”

There are three categories – sponge, cupcakes and under 14s – and prizes worth up to £100 are up for grabs.

Deborah Manger, a contestant in this year’s Great British Bake Off who works at the town’s Isebrook Hospital, will be one of the judges.

Participants need to register by 6pm on Thursday, October 24, by emailing swarupa@discoverwellingborough.co.uk.

Once registered, budding bakers will need to take their cakes to The Great Wellingborough Bake Off marquee, which will be in Gloucester Place, between 10am and 11am on the day.

The offerings will be on display between 11am and 2pm and the winners will be announced at 2.30pm.

All cakes will then be auctioned off for Wellingborough charity Niamh’s Next Step.