Queen of baking Mary Berry whips up storm of excitement in Norwich

Mary Berry at Jarrold, Norwich signing copies of her lates book. Photo : Steve Adams

Mary Berry at Jarrold, Norwich signing copies of her lates book. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

She is the undisputed queen of baking. And a visit to Norfolk by Mary Berry certainly saw her books selling like hotcakes.

Mary Berry at Jarrold, Norwich signing copies of her latest book. Photo : Steve Adams

Mary Berry at Jarrold, Norwich signing copies of her latest book. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Fans queued for more than an hour in the centre of Norwich yesterday for the chance to have their cookbooks signed by the television presenter and food writer.

About 300 people attended the sell-out event at Jarrold, with the line stretching out of the store and down Little London Street all the way to Bedford Street.

Mrs Berry, 80, was in the city promoting her new book, Foolproof Cooking.

Among those queuing was Helen Copperthwaite, from Aylsham, who waited for around an hour to get her copy signed. 'Even though her new book is called Foolproof Cooking all of her recipes are foolproof. If something goes wrong it is you.'

Among those who had travelled from out of the county for the chance to meet Mrs Berry – best known as the judge on the BBC series The Great British Bake Off – was Sue Clinkard, from Cambridge. In a mark of the show's appeal, the crowd was made up of men and women and included a spread of ages.

Two friends Georgie Bell, 17, from Diss and Phillippa Pool, 24, from Norwich, described her as 'inspiring'. Miss Bell added: 'I just love all of her cooking – especially the cake recipes.'

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Before the event, Mrs Berry had spoken of her excitement at visiting Norwich, particularly after research for the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? revealed that her family had its roots in the city.

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