A LANDLADY wants the upper crust of Hartlepool to come forward and take part in a pie baking contest in aid of charity.
Thelma Adams, landlady of the town’s Causeway pub, Stranton, is holding The Ultimate Corned Beef Pie Bake Off to raise cash for Hartlepool and District Hospice this weekend.
This is the second year the fun and popular contest will be held with Thelma, 50, and her rival regulars battling it out to be crowned the best pie maker.
The competition was borne out of a friendly dispute between her and one of her punters, Jeff Pounder, arguing over who could make the best corned beef pie.
And the row escalated so much that the first contest was held last year which saw about 10 contenders vying for the pie plate trophy, with the winner being crowned as town woman Gill Murray, while Thelma and Jeff were joint runners-up.
The 50-year-old mum of two, who has run the pub for the last two-and-a-half years, is daring other budding chefs to have a bash at making a prize-winning pie, and for other people to come along and enjoy the event at 7pm tomorrow.
It costs just £3 per ticket which includes entertainment from spoof singers Englebert Hum-Pie-Dink, Gerry and the Pie-Makers and Captain Beef-Pie, a quiz, a pie and pea supper and the awards ceremony for the tastiest pie.
Thelma, who runs the pub with partner Sean Bell, said: “We can’t wait for this weekend, the competition is really hotting up.
“The defending champion Gill will be taking part again and I’m preparing my entry as well, it’s going to be a beauty! I’m not giving away any of my secrets though.
“The competition will be tough there’s a few people I know of already who are bringing plate pies in. It’ll be a great night.”
She added: “I want people to know though that they don’t have to put a pie into the competition if they don’t want to, they can just come along for the night.
“There will be a raffle and a quiz and stuff so hopefully we’ll raise as much as we can for the hospice.”
Last year the event raised over £440 for the hospice and it is hoped this sum can be matched or beaten this time round.
Janice Forbes, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “This sounds like it is going to be another fun night.
“I would like to thank Thelma and Jeff for choosing to raise funds for the Specialist Palliative Care Services at the hospice.”
Tickets are available from the Causeway Pub or from the hospice, in Wells Avenue, off Holdforth Road.