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Councillors rise to the occasion in Amanda’s baking challenge

Councillors rise to the occasion in Amanda’s baking challenge

There were more soggy bottoms than showstoppers when Derby North MP Amanda Solloway invited local councillors to take part in Cake Off – a competition for Comic Relief.

The famous tent was exchanged for Firs Primary School, in Ravens Street, and bakers were invited to create 12 delicious cupcakes decorated with a Derby theme.

Mickleover councillors Miles Pattison and Alison Holmes took part in the technical challenge, along with Derwent councillor Tracey Pearse, Chaddesden’s Rob Cooper and Amanda’s chief of staff Sophie Liddle.

Amanda and Mayor of Derby, Councillor Robin Wood, stepped into Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith’s shoes eventually deciding that Alison’s cupcakes were worthy of Star Baker status.

Amanda said:

“I think it’s fair to say that all the contestants are better councillors than they are bakers – we were crying with laughter at one point.

“The room was slightly hazy due to the amount of icing sugar in the air and they all did a great job in showing just how talented the bakers on the TV show actually are.

“Rob’s cakes were supposed to be mint choc chip flavour, but there was a definite taste of toothpaste. And Miles only managed to produce eight cakes, and I use the term ‘cake’ very loosely.”

The icing on the cake is a video of Amanda Solloway’s Cake Off for Comic Relief which is available to watch on her Facebook page.

The baking battle was all for a good cause with each of the contestants making a donation to Comic Relief and urging others to get involved.

Amanda added:

“Comic Relief does amazing work both at home and abroad and I would urge everyone to make a donation no matter how small.

“Bake sales are a fantastic way to raise money, although I’m not entirely sure we would have made a great deal with our cakes. I know the people of Derby have enormous hearts and I hope they will do us proud by helping to make a difference.

“I would also like to thank Paula and Denise from Firs Primary and all our contestants for being good sports and making Cake Off happen. I haven’t laughed so much in ages and it is such a good cause.”

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