Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Massive Welcome in Store for Cookery Icon Mary

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Massive Welcome in Store for Cookery Icon Mary

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter

BAKING guru Mary Berry said she was "astonished" by the welcome she was given as she visited Teesside to open a furniture store.

-e Great British Bake O judge drew hundreds of fans to Barker and Stonehouse's Teesside Park store on Saturday.

Mary said: "I haven't been to Teesside before but I am astonished by the welcome I have had. Eve E -ryone has been marvellous and so nice.

"I haven't had much of a chance to see anywhere else in the area yet, but it is a lovely part of the world."

And while she admitted she'd never tasted a parmo, she said: "If there is a chance to try one while I'm here, I'll give it a go."

More than 400 people queued in the rain to be allowed into the store at 10am, and then lined the store's staircase, balconies and even peered in through the window from outside to see Mary cut a large cake in the shape of a Union Jack-inspired sofa.

And asked if she had any tips for Teesside bak-bak ers, Mary said: "Measure your ingredients carefully, make sure you choose a good recipe and always use the correct-sized tin."

She even helped Gazette photographer Katie Lunn with her baking problem, a Swiss roll that failed to rise: "Make sure you use a smaller tin."

First in the queue to meet Mary at 9.10am was Great Ayton grandmother Christine Spink, who brought her grandchildren Jack Vernon, 12, and Neave Hunstman, 16.

Jack, also from Great Ayton, said: "We are Big British Bake O fans and we can't wait to see Mary Berry."

" Twenty-five-year-old Kimberley McConnell, who works for Student Finance England and lives in-ornaby, said: "Mary Berry is fantastic and I always follow the recipes in her cookbooks. Her Victoria sponge is always a winner. I'm hoping to ask her for a tip about Christmas cake."

Ella Pollard, 11, of Ack-lla Ack lam, who goes to St Edward's School, brought a Mary Berry cookbook along to be signed with her godmother Tracey Sedgwick, from Stockton. …

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