Longframlington Show stalwart Flossie Johnson was a star in more ways than one yesterday afternoon.
Not only was the 90-year-old the guest of honour, handing out the trophies, but she was crowned champion of baking and making in the kitchen.
The grandmother-of-four won the great Longfram bake-off to lift the Queenie Robson Memorial Bowl for the most points in the cookery section.
She told the Gazette she had been cooking for two days to prepare for the show and entered 12 classes, including seven in the cookery section. Her white bread buns and brown loaf took first prizes, while her iced chocolate cake and fruit scones earned second and her lemon meringue pie were awarded third. She even picked up second for ‘baking disaster’!
Flossie, who moved to Longframlington 30 years ago and has been entering produce to be judged in the show ever since, was delighted with her trophy and honoured to be given the task of presenting the others.
She said: “Thank you to the committee for inviting me to present the prizes. It is a privilege and honour. It is lovely to see so many amazing entries and that the village people are keeping the show going after so many years. I only hope that I’m around for a few more shows.”
This is the second time she has won an overall cup and is particularly impressive in a category that was keenly contested.
Show chairman Simon Hadden said entries in the cookery section were up and organisers had difficulty squeezing them all onto the tables He put it down to the Mary Berry effect and the popularity of her TV show, The Great British Bake-off.