Sheffield candidate’s cake fails to rise to occasion

Oliver Coppard made a cake for the Love Crookes festival.
Oliver Coppard made a cake for the Love Crookes festival.
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A Sheffield candidate fighting in next year’s general election has already lost an important title - that of Crookes’ baking champion.

Oliver Coppard, Labour’s representative for Sheffield Hallam, took part in a baking competition as part of the Love Crookes festival.

Hundreds of people attended the event at St Thomas’ Church, which also included stalls from community groups.

Mr Coppard’s chocolate cake was beaten to the top spots by a lemon drizzle and a gluten free option.

He said: “I was really pleased to take part in the Great Crookes Bake Off – despite the eventual result - and to support the Love Crookes Fest.

“The festival is going from strength to strength which is a real testament to the community in Crookes.

“I’m already looking forward to next year, although I may need to take some time off from the campaign to practise my baking.”

The Crookes Forum, Trussell Trust and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service representatives all attended the festival, organised by the church.