Town celebrates part of its heritage

Rowell Fair Society present the winning curd tart competition trophy to Brenda Austin (centre) by society members Ann Jones & Frank York. Second place went to Ruth Parker & third, Janet Buckby.
Rowell Fair Society present the winning curd tart competition trophy to Brenda Austin (centre) by society members Ann Jones & Frank York. Second place went to Ruth Parker & third, Janet Buckby.

A traditional part of the Rowell Fair celebrations in Rothwell took place today, Saturday, June 9.

A group of anxious cooks had a nail-biting wait to find out who would be crowned the champion of the Rowell Fair Tarts competition.

The competition is open to anyone living in Rothwell and challenges entrants to make the best curd tart.

Competition organiser Ann Jones said: “This is part of Rothwell’s history.

“It dates back to when the drovers used to bring their cattle and sheep to the market and was a time when families would meet up with one another.

“Traditionally the meal served on Rowell Fair Sunday teatime was boiled ham and salad with curd tart to follow.

“I think it is important to keep this tradition going because it continues to bring people together.

“In addition, there are so many cooking programmes these days to encourage people to have a go at cooking.”

The winner of this year’s competition was Brenda Austin, followed by Ruth Parker in second place and Janet Buckby in third.

After the judging at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre the tarts were donated for a light buffet with wine for the participants and guests.