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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Gentlemen bakers rise to occasion at Dalston Show

Show organisers very nearly called ‘Time Gentlemen Please’ on their Men Only baking class.

Dalston Show photo
Taking part in the fancy dress competition were Megan Smith and sister Eva

That is until they decided to rename it this year.

Last year Dalston Show’s Men Only home baking section struggled for entries and organisers were ready to throw in the towel.

But a last-minute decision to change the section to ‘Gentlemen’ this year attracted 23 mouth-watering chocolate cakes.

“It’s obviously all in a name,” said show trophy secretary, Gillian Potts.

“Last year the men had to bake a coffee cake and I think we had one entry. We were going to abandon it, and then somebody came up with the idea of renaming it Gentlemen and we couldn’t believe it when the entries flooded in.

“Mind you it could have been the fact it was chocolate cake that was being judged. And they were all tasty!”

And it wasn’t just in the industrial tent, organisers tasted success.

Everywhere you looked on Saturday, there was a sea of happy, smiling faces.

Dalston’s village showfield was bursting at the seams.

Friday’s storms were forgotten and the show enjoyed another sun-filled day.

Show secretary Nick Utting: “I can’t believe it. We only have a small showfield and it was jammed. We had wonderful weather that was held between two wet days.

“We were very lucky. I just know we have a record-breaking crowd.”

The only glitch in an otherwise perfect day came in the form of hordes of wasps, but that didn’t stop visitors from boosting sales of ice-creams and cold drinks, although some vendors were forced to drop smoothies from their menu because of the unwanted visitors.

“Unfortunately the warm weather did bring a lot of wasps to the show, but people just seemed to ignore them, and we had nobody complaining of being stung,” said Mrs Potts.

A ‘gaggle of grannies’ drifted by heading straight for the beer tent. It was a hen party celebrating the forthcoming wedding of Dalston couple, Michelle Baxter and Craig Wilkinson.

“We’ve been to Windermere, the Bluebell pub in Dalston and now it’s the turn of the village show. I just hope nobody I know recognises me in this get-up,” said friend of the lucky couple, Suzanne Pollock, from Raughton Head.

“We’re off to Carlisle after this.”

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