Wellingborough Bake Off has all the right ingredients

The winners line up after picking up their awards, including rolling pin trophies and specially made Wellingborough Bake Off aprons
The winners line up after picking up their awards, including rolling pin trophies and specially made Wellingborough Bake Off aprons
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Bakers rose to the challenge in creating some showstoppers for this year’s Great Wellingborough Bake Off.

Judges had to mark 70 entries for the competition organised by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) through its Discover Wellingborough campaign to attract more people to the town centre.

Etam Dedhar, who runs Bespoke Cakes by Etam, was one of the judges along with Richard Rowlatt of J. Rowlatt & Sons in the bake-off tent set up in Cambridge Street on Saturday.

She said: “The cakes were really good, especially the hat cakes.”

Wellingborough mayor Jim Bass was another judge, who said: “The standard was really high. It was great to see so many people here, these events bring people into the town.”

BID manager John Cable said: “The BID feels that events are the way to change the perception of Wellingborough and to get people to buy into it and to start to love Wellingborough and have more pride in their town.

“While we have four big events a year like the beach and the medieval festival, we are going to do more of these smaller events. We have had very positive feedback from people today. We will definitely do it again next year.”

Categories included sandwich cake, 12 individual cakes, biscuits, under 14s and a novelty hat theme. The cakes were then auctioned off with £440 going to Crazy Hats.