IT was no ordinary cake-cutting ceremony - for no ordinary organisation.
A sword was brought forth at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield to perform the honours as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for South Yorkshire Community Foundation.
The charitable fund has handed out more than £21 million over its quarter-century, supporting voluntary and community groups.
A celebration cake was presented by Sheffield College at the foundation’s anniversary luncheon at Cutler’s Hall, attended by civic dignitaries plus organisations which have been helped over the years, such as Cortonwood Comeback - a community centre in the former pit village.
The cake was made by volunteers from Sheffield College catering school, after SYCF put out the call for budding bakers to lend a hand.
Chris Kerrigan, tutor on the college’s cake decorating course, said: “If you need a nice cake then you need a good cake decorator and that’s what we have down here in our students.
“Many of our students are doing it as a hobby, some as part of a career change and others as a sideline to their day jobs.
“I think it is good for the college to be making partnerships like this, especially with local charities. You never know it may be that one day our students are working for groups who SYCF have supported in the future.”
The Cutler’s Hall anniversary event was attended by Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and SYCF President David Moody, the four new mayors of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and Master Cutler Bill Speirs.
Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received such a grand gesture from Sheffield College catering school’s staff and students. We had put the word out that we wanted someone with the right expertise to bake us a cake fit for the occasion. The cake went down a real treat.”