Great British Bake-Off star Howard helps Sheffield to get online

British Bake Off star, Howard middleton launches the 'Lets Get Digital' event in Sheffield Winter Gardens
British Bake Off star, Howard middleton launches the 'Lets Get Digital' event in Sheffield Winter Gardens
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Sheffield’s small-screen baking boffin Howard Middleton swapped the kitchen for the computer screen at a special event.

Fresh from his recent on-screen appearances on the BBC’s popular Great British Bake Off, the culinary whiz was on hand to help Sheffield Council encourage technophobes to get online.

The Let’s Get Digital event invited residents to the city centre’s Winter Garden for a masterclass in the benefits of the world wide web.

Experts were on hand to talk people through the basics as part of the national Get Online Week. The latest iPads, tablets and laptops were used to make music, research family history and experiment with digital photography.

And council worker Howard, who was kicked out in week six of the baking contest, took part in a demonstration to show how people can improve their skills in the kitchen using online recipes.

The event was organised by the city council working with a number of community groups, including Heeley Online Centre.

Manager Maxine Bowler said: “Banking, shopping and communication are increasingly taking place online. With welfare services and job searching going digital there’s a real threat of exclusion for more vulnerable people.”