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World bonnag event attracts record entry

From left, Gordon Clague (father of childrens winner Bryce), Nicky Kermode from Greens Restaurant, Paul Kelly, Vanessa Callin and Howard Richardson

From left, Gordon Clague (father of childrens winner Bryce), Nicky Kermode from Greens Restaurant, Paul Kelly, Vanessa Callin and Howard Richardson

  • by Alan Vincent
 

The annual World Bonnag Championships took place last weekend at St James Schoolrooms in Dalby.

More than 70 people turned out for the Championships with a record entry of 40 bonnags of all shapes and sizes.

But Vanessa Callin tickled the judge’s tastebuds to take the title of overall World Champion, collecting the Buttermilk Trophy.

The evening was hosted by Captain of the Parish John Kennaugh and also included concert party entertainment from Dot Tilbury, The Deemsters, Paul Costain amongst various other singers and performers.

Judging of the bonnags was performed by Paul Kelly, a retired baker from Peel.

Vanessa, from St Johns, also won the Women’s Trophy for best bonnag, making it a memorable night.

She says that she has been ‘baking for years’ and when asked about her winning secret said: ‘Just to use all good Manx ingredients and don’t knead the dough too much.’

Winner of the Children’s Trophy was Bryce Clague, whilst the Gents Trophy went to Howard Richardson.

This year cafes, pubs, caterers and restaurants were invited to enter and compete for a new trophy.

The Commercial Shoprite Shield was won by Green’s Tea Rooms and ‘Highly Commended’ certificates were given to all entries that the championship judge considered to be worthy of being called a ‘Manx Bonnag’.

During the evening cheques for £450 each were presented by the Friends of St James to the Manx charity, The Friends of the Robert Owen House and to the Manx overseas charity, Malawi Mission Project.

The proceeds from all this year’s events and activities went to St James Church and Restoration Fund, the Breast Unit at Noble’s Hospital and the Manx Overseas Charity School for Uganda.

The next event will be Shenanigans Banned on Saturday, April 5 at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Admission is £12.50 which includes supper.

To book, ring Gilly on 844031. A vegetarian option is available. For any other information call Margy on 843768.

 

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