Delia Smith to judge battle of the buns at Tickhill Gala

It won't be this Delia Smith judging cakes in Tickhill this weekend.
It won't be this Delia Smith judging cakes in Tickhill this weekend.

Where are you? Let’s be having you!

That’s the message from organisers of the Great Tickhill Bake-Off who will be getting Delia Smith in to judge the tasty creations on offer at this weekend’s Tickhill Gala.

But rather than the famed TV chef, the Delia in question will be a namesake town resident and scout leader who will have the tough task of judging the battle of the the buns at the 41st annual gala on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to sampling all the cake entries - this is the second time within a month I have been asked to judge a cooking competition so there are some benefits of having a famous name,” she said.

You can even get Delia to make you a cup of tea and a butty as she will also be providing refreshments in the pavilion.

The Delias do share more than a name, they both have a passion for food and talking about her famous namesake, she added: “People look to see when my name is called out, (say for a hospital appointment) and look disappointed.“And I once read a piece in paper about a women who thought she had bought a second hand car from the real Delia Smith - only to find it was me!”

The gala kicks off at noon for five-and-a-half hours of fun-filled family entertainment.

A procession of floats led by the Scout Band will wend its way through the centre, starting in Wong Lane at 12.30pm, before pitching up on the gala field at Tickhill Recreation Ground.

Other attractions will include a testing military assault course, where the combined forces of Tickhill Juniors FC will battle for supremacy with Tickhill Cricket Club’s finest and visitors Bawtry Scouts will take on Tickhill scouts.

Bake-off entry forms are available from the KSM shop in Tickhill or by emailing All the rules are on the form.

The Bake-off theme is All Creatures Great and Small and all you have to do is turn up on the morning of the gala with your form and cake before 10:30am at Tithes Lane pavilion.

There are lashings of laughs to be had for all the family and there’s a further treat for the ears as South Yorkshire Rock Choir will be belting out tunes from the pavilion stage.

Among loads of other attractions children can enjoy face painting, beat the goalie, dance away in cheerleader try-outs and,as a tasty treat, make edible flowers from sweets.

Admission is by programme, available at the gala entrance. They are £2.50 for adults and children are free.

All profits go to Tickhill Scout and Guide Association for the upkeep of their HQ on St Mary’s Road, Tickhill.