No need for Epworth man to get in a jam

Oranges really are the only fruit for one Epworth resident.

Saturday, 12th April 2014, 6:00 am
At his home in Epworth is Charles Moore, 61, with his prize winning Marmalade. (Buy this photo E2259TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Semi-retired anaesthetist Charles Moore, of Station Road, has turned his hobby of marmalade making into an award winning pastime.

The 61-year-old has been making some mouth-watering creations for the last couple of years, and this year submitted entries into The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival at Dalemain.

His efforts saw him awarded three prizes - gaining bronze in the whisky, and man-made, categories and an impressive silver in the dark and chunky section.

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Charles told the Bells: “Over the last couple of years I have taken to making marmalade and this year I entered into various categories, submitting them all by post.

“You can meet all sorts of people at the event, including Paddington Bear with his marmalade sandwiches. You get the professionals and the amateurs who just like to make it as a hobby and are keen.

“This is the first year I have entered, as there was a good crop of oranges.

“I was given some feedback and my marmalade was well received. I find it very therapeutic.”

All of the marmalade made by Charles begins life as Seville oranges, which come into season in the new year. The fruit is squeezed and pithed, chopped, then boiled before sugar and pectin are added.

Charles added: “I tend to give what I make to friends.”