ONE of Bolton’s oldest institutions will feature in a “winner bakes all” competition on national television.
Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe, which has been in Churchgate in Bolton town centre since 1898, will be going up against two other baking establishments as part of ITV’s daytime show, Britain’s Best Bakery.
The programme is aiming to find the best independent bakery in the land and each daily episode will see a bake-off battle between three businesses, with one progressing to the next round.
The team at Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe will be appearing on Tuesday’s episode which airs on ITV1 at 4pm.
Marie Walsh, who runs the shop, said that while the team are very excited about their small screen appearance, they are under strict instructions not to reveal the result of the programme.
She added: “All we can say is that we will be on the programme on that day, but we can’t say what happens.
“We were delighted to be involved, I don’t know how they heard about us but we have a lot of positive reviews on the internet and there was an appreciation group on Facebook, that may have helped.”
The shop has also received endorsements from famous people including Bolton comedians Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness and North West sports stars Ricky Hatton and Andrew Flintoff.
Mrs Walsh has worked at the Churchgate shop since 1960, and despite recently suffering with ill health, she has never lost her passion for pasties.
She said: “I have just had my five years free of colon cancer and I also had thrombosis, despite that I have always wanted to get back to work, I really enjoy it and love talking to people every day.”
The episode will see the Marie and her staff in their natural environment, baking in store, before they are taken to the Lake District for a special recipe challenge.
The 75-year-old is hoping all her customers will tune-in to see them bake their way into the next round.