Gingerbread and home-made crisps led to a famous first-time victory in an annual baking competition this week.

Ewanrigg Local Trust won the Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants' and Residents' Association (Entra's) bake-off.

The organisation, charged with spending £1 million to raise aspirations and health on the Maryport estate, were judged the best out of four entrants - ELT, Entra, Home Group and Home's contractors, Mite.

ELT chairman and Entra secretary Sharon Barnes said the event is just a fun way to bring people together "and to make sure the centre smells delicious.!

The judges were county councillor Keith Little, Lesley Jackson from Maryport's Morrison's store which supports Entra, and Kevan Foster from the centre's local Mace store.

Mr Foster said the standard was extremely high.

"It was often almost impossible to judge a best and a worst but we had to do it."

The bake-off was judged over four categories, scones, sponge, savoury and "surprise."

Mrs Barnes said the surprise tended to be gingerbread.

"There seemed to be a lot of it."!

However, the ELT bakers claimed that it was their gingerbread and the crisps that won them the competition.

The Bake-off is just one event run by Entra or the ELT.

Entra has a weekly luncheon where people gt a two course meal for £2.50. The organisation runs Bingo every night and holds Christmas parties for young and old.

Entra also encourages people to save during the year and takes a bus to Blackpool for a long weekend holiday in the summer.

Between the two organisations there is regular live entertainment.

The group also organises school holiday events including trips away at affordable prices.

The ELT began Hug-a-Mug, a drop-in at the local doctors' surgery for people needing help and advice. It was instrumental in setting up We Will, the group of young people making national headlines for their campaign to improve mental health services among their peers.It has also helped several people into business.