Tea and cake on the menu at Hartlepool Fairtrade event

TEATIME: Students, staff and guests at the Fairtrade group tea dance at Catcote Academy.

TEATIME: Students, staff and guests at the Fairtrade group tea dance at Catcote Academy.

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PEOPLE enjoyed a cake-making competition and a tea dance which were central to a Fairtrade event.

Bakers from across Hartlepool have competed to be named the second winners of the Hartlepool Fairtrade Trophy.

Carol Hammond teaching students to dance at the Fairtrade group tea dance.

Carol Hammond teaching students to dance at the Fairtrade group tea dance.

People were challenged to create a chocolate cake using Fairtrade cocoa and butter and as many other Fairtrade ingredients as possible.

A joint effort from Clavering Primary School was judged to be the winner.

Chris Eddowes, a volunteer with the Fairtrade town steering group, said: “There was a lovely assortment of cakes and it was really hard to pick a winner, they all looked and tasted so good.

“Clavering’s cake was picked as it looked wonderful, tasted wonderful and had a wide range of Fairtrade ingredients. It was really inventive.

The children had a wonderful time learning how to dance, and I think we’ve get some contenders for Strictly Come Dancing.

Chris Eddowes, Fairtrade volunteer

“The event was absolutely crammed.”

The competition was held at Catcote Academy and attracted a dozen entries from across the town.

Eleven-year-old Ellie Prouledge took second place for her hedgehog cake, while Catcote’s own Futures Group took third place.

Clavering’s winning cake will be displayed with other winners from Middlesbrough and Stockton over the weekend, while they will also receive the banana-shaped Hartlepool Fairtrade Trophy at a school assembly next week.

As well as the cake-judging, the school held a tea dance.

Chris added: “The dance was very good, the children had a wonderful time learning how to dance and I think we’ve get some contenders for Strictly Come Dancing.

“There was sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream, all of which were made by Catcote’s catering students.”