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Alness CAB lays down bakery challenge; top Harry Gow baker will judge sweet treats at craft event

By Hector MacKenzie

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Can your cup cakes tantalise Cheryl Black's taste buds?
Can your cup cakes tantalise Cheryl Black's taste buds?

A LIFELINE advice agency is sweetening up supporters keen to put their baking to the test at a special fundraiser next week.

The Ross & Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau has teamed up with Harry Gow Bakery to introduce a baking competition to their upcoming Craft & Food Fayre next week.

Cake enthusiasts who think their prize treats are up to scratch are urged to come forward.

Harry Gow is sending one of their longest standing bakers, Cheryl Black, to judge three categories:best cupcake, best shortbread and best loaf cake.

Ms Black said: "We are very excited to be a part of the CAB annual Craft & Food Fayre this year and are delighted to be supporting the CAB with the work they do in the community. My main piece of advice for any entrants is just to enjoy yourself; pay attention to the detail and just have fun with it!"

Anyone who is a whizz at whipping up a tasty loaf cake or can craft a batch of cleverly themed cupcakes is encouraged to come forward to have their creations in front of the infamous Harry Gow. There are individual prizes up for grabs and an overall prize of a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 at The Station Hotel, Alness.

Ross & Cromarty CAB area manager Mary MacDonald said: "We are delighted to be supported by a premier local company who recognise the first-class service delivered by our volunteers and staff who are supporting our local community."

All proceeds from the event go to the CAB to better the essential services they provide to improve the lives of the citizens of Ross & Cromarty.

Registration forms for the baking competition have been distributed to shops and public places in Ross-Shire. However, if any entrants are unable to access one of these they are invited to get in touch with the CAB at events@alnesscab.casonline.org.uk.

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