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Looking Good Enough To Eat: Tyneside Transformed Into Land Of Cake

Posted on 27 August 2013

By Kevin Donald | Sky Tyne & Wear

Tyneside was transformed into a land of cakes by baking enthusiasts at Sage Gateshead.

More than 50 lovingly-crafted confections were placed onto a 100-metre square edible map of Newcastle and Gateshead.

Among the landmarks recreated were the Tyne Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Newcastle City Pool, the Baltic Flour Mill, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Hall, the Fenwick department store, Grey’s Monument and Sage Gateshead itself.

Peter Watson, 34, and his partner Katherine Walton, 30, who are from Shiney Row, Wearside, found their Millennium Bridge model needed to be revised.

Peter said: “At first our cake was much smaller but then we got a call to say the model’s version of the River Tyne was 70cms wide, which was more than we’d bargained for.

“We had to basically start again and ended up making a cake more than a metre wide which was.

“We also took part last year, when we made the Sage Gateshead.”

The Tyne Bridge, created by Wendy Bentley, 56, shows a scene of the Great North Run, complete with runners and the Red Arrows flying above.

She said: “I’ve taken part in the Great North Run so I wanted to represent that.”

Also among the treats was a version of Jesmond Dene made by friends Clare Mwande, 41, and Sarah Bingham, 40, both of Hexham.

Tesco Extra at Gateshead Trinity Square sponsored a special community cake, which was made by Tyneside Women’s Health and The Avenues Project. They baked an edible version of the new Tesco Extra development in Gateshead.

The festival was organised by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

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