Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood can't get enough of Bolton
BAKING fans queued across Victoria Square for the chance to see the witty duo Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood demonstrate their expertise.
The stars of the hit television show The Great British Bake Off were one of the biggest attractions at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
And those lucky enough to bag tickets were treated to a delightful demonstration of baking expertise and banter between the pair.
Baking inspiration Mary said she was delighted to be back in Bolton for this year’s festival.
She said: “It is absolutely lovely to be back in Bolton and so far we’ve really enjoyed it. It’s also lovely to see so many people so enthusiastic about baking, because for us, that is what’s all about.
“To teach people how to bake is a wonderful thing. Whether it’s baking for their grandparents, parents or neighbours, it can really bring people closer.
“If it doesn’t taste great or work out, you just learn from it and try again. It’s all about the enjoyment.”
Fellow judge Paul was equally enthusiastic about returning to the town.
“It’s great to be back in Bolton, obviously I’m from the North West so I think it’s the best place to be. The people are fantastic here so we’re delighted to come back for a second year,” added the bread expert.
“I think the Food and Drink Festival is brilliant way to get people interested in food and trying different types of food.
“Plus it is a great platform for local business and a real boost to them. I’ve seen some great local produce available on the stalls here — it can only be a boost to the town and bring more people to Bolton.
“I’ve already had a pork pie from Bolton Market this morning and it was delicious.”
BBC Two’s The Great British Bake-Off received rave reviews and ratings for the first episode of the new series last Tuesday.
Paul, who parked his Aston Martin by the town hall on Sunday, said: “The show is massive now and far bigger than I ever thought it would be. I’m really optimistic about it and hope it’s here to stay.
“I think I get mistaken for this Simon Cowell-type judge on the show but I’m just honest.
“I always give constructive criticism and it’s only by taking that on board that they can improve and become better bakers.”
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