Barnoldswick bake-off to fund headstone for tragic tot

Launch of the bake-off fundraiser in Barnoldswick.'Photo Ben Parsons
Launch of the bake-off fundraiser in Barnoldswick.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Up to 100 cakes are expected today at a charity bake-off in memory of a Barlick toddler.

The event, which is going under the title “Every Angel Deserves a Headstone”, has been organised on behalf of the Upton family from Barnoldswick.

Harrison Upton (2) died in a tragic accident in 2011 but his parents Sam and Nathan have been unable to fund an expensive headstone which would be a fitting mark to remember their son.

The Barnoldswick Bake-Off was set up with this in mind, and an organising committee of Katie Collins, Coun. Jennifer Purcell and Julie Hilton have been working hard to try and ensure the target of £1,400 can be reached.

News of the baking event seems to have stirred amateur bakers in the town, raising expectations of a great turnout on the day.

Katie said: “We’ve been extremely overwhelmed. We have had so many prizes donated and had so much interest. It’s amazing really.

“We’re on target to raise the money I think. I’ve told all the judges not to have breakfast because there is going to be so much cake to judge.”

The judging panel includes Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, Barnoldswick Town Council Chairman Coun. Ken Hartley and the Rev. Diane Weaver, the vicar of Barnoldswick.

After judging, all the cakes are to be auctioned off by auctioneers of the day, Katie, and Richard Milner of Chubby’s Chippy.

First prize for the best cake is an evening meal, bed and breakfast at the Alma Inn in Laneshaw Bridge, with second and third prizes for meals at Mario’s Restaurant and the Cellar Bar and Bistro respectively.

For children, first prize is quadbiking at Thornton Hall farm and second is a £15 voucher for a toy shop.

The event is being held from 9am until 4pm. Last entry for cakes is 11-30am tomorrow. There are set to be plenty of activities going on during the day to complete the action packed event line-up in Barnoldswick Town Square.