Lincoln saw some of the regions bakers dust off their mixers as they entered the Great British Bus Bake Off competition and competed for the best baked bus.
Stagecoach East Midlands hosted the competition during their fourth annual ‘Catch the Bus Week’ that commenced on 4 July. The competition saw cakes of all sizes including a Rocky the Seasider cake and retro cakes.
The bus company called for all bakers to whip up their best baked bus. Entrants brought their bus cakes to the Lincoln Cornhill on Wednesday to be judged by Donald Nunnestad of Lincoln City Council. Mr Nunnestad is the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at the City Council.
Alternatively, people could submit their entries via Twitter by sending a photo of their cake to @StagecoachEMid.
The winner was Penny Hardman who baked a cake in the shape of Lincolnshire’s ‘Dial a Ride’ bus. She has won a year’s free bus travel and an afternoon tea for two at the exclusive Electric Bar and Restaurant at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton.
A Twitter entry from Judith secured second place. She won a voucher for Costa coffee and a Stagecoach Megarider ticket.
Stagecoach’s Wheel of Fortune was also present at the judging where plenty of prizes were won including free travel vouchers, shoppers, travel mugs, pens and pencils. The wheel raised £47.60 for The Children’s Health Fund UK.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We were thrilled to see so many people get their mixing bowls out and participate in our baking competition. All the entries were great and it was fun to see all the different and wonderful creations people had put their hard work into.
“We would also like to remind people that it is our fourth annual Catch the Bus week this week. I hope that it will allow people to think about the benefits of travelling by bus and how they can make their journeys greener this year.”
Stagecoach’s ‘Catch the Bus Week’ aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage local people to make the switch from the car. Bus passenger journeys make up over two thirds of all public transport usage and each year, bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services.
For many, the bus is a vital lifeline and an affordable and accessible form of transport, whilst for all it is a great and easy way to travel. Travelling by bus can help reduce stress, is good for the economy, supports local communities and is the greener alternative to travelling by car.