Veteran bakers aim to impress a masterchef

Veteran bakers cooked up a storm in a special bake-off judged by a Masterchef finalist.

The entrants, all residents of North Tyneside Council’s sheltered housing schemes, are aged between 65 and 90 and had almost 2,000 years of baking experience between them.

The ‘Big Bake Off Competition’ saw more than 30 residents pit their pies, puddings and cakes against each other, with the winner being crowned ‘King or Queen Baker’.

The home-baked entries were judged by a panel of prestigious judges, including local chef and Masterchef 2010 finalist, David Coulson.

As well as being fun, the event – which has been timed to coincide with Safeguarding Adults For Everyone (SAFE) week – will also help to raise awareness of the abuse that can be suffered by adults, and advice and support will be on offer for anyone attending.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This event is a different way of raising awareness about a very serious issue.

“Every adult has the right to be treated with dignity, have their choices respected and live a life free from fear.

“I know that a lot of good work is being carried out here in North Tyneside and safeguarding vulnerable adults is one of our top priorities.

“However we all have a responsibility to look out for those who are more vulnerable and we need to report any concerns we may have.

“The message from SAFE week is simple: Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Please take the abuse of our vulnerable adults very seriously and if you do see something that worries you, speak up and please report it.”