Lancashire mum on Great British Bake Off

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A Penwortham baker is hoping she will rise to the top in a hugely popular TV contest.

Dorret Conway, 53, is one of 12 contestants hoping to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood when the BBC1 flagship baking competition, the Great British Bake Off, starts on August 6.

The mother-of-one has previously entered local baking contests, including one run by Booths.

She said: “I think I came second overall in the Booths competition... behind a pancake! Now I’m on Bake Off.”

Self-confessed foodie Dorret has been baking for 40 years and credits home economic classes at high school for fuelling her baking journey.

She said: “I just applied, I put in an application form because I wanted to be on the Great British Bake Off.

Dorret Conway one of the contestants for this year's BBC1's cookery contest, The Great British Bake Off. Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

Dorret Conway one of the contestants for this year's BBC1's cookery contest, The Great British Bake Off. Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

“I started learning to bake at school when I was about 11 or 12 and it was compulsory.”

Dorret is also the founder of Preston’s thriving knitting scene. In 2004 she set up the ‘Stich ‘n’ Bitch’ network and encouraged people to take up the hobby and make friends.

Dorret’s family are from the West Indies and she has already been featured on television after she appeared on ITV show This Morning to talk about knitting. She is also a keen dancer, enjoying tap dancing, ballet and salsa to burn off the calories from baking sweet treats, and would love to go to the Cordon Bleu school in Paris.

A Booths spokesman said the company was impressed with Dorret’s skills and said they will be cheering her on.

The contestants Alvin, Ugne, Paul, Dorret, Marie, Ian, Nadiya, Stu, Tamal, Flora, Mat and Sandy  (no surnames given) for this year's BBC1's cookery contest, The Great British Bake Off. Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

The contestants Alvin, Ugne, Paul, Dorret, Marie, Ian, Nadiya, Stu, Tamal, Flora, Mat and Sandy (no surnames given) for this year's BBC1's cookery contest, The Great British Bake Off. Photo credit: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

They said: “Dorret was a regular and impressive contestant in our #BoothsBakes competitions and was clearly very talented.

“It’s great to see a Preston native in the competition and we wish her lots of luck!”

Other contestants include a 32-year-old Lithuanian bodybuilder and a 19-year-old arts student.