Why no-nonsense Nancy is delighted to win TV’s Great British Bake Off contest

GREAT BRITISH Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle said taking part in the show was one of the “best things” she has ever done.

Mel Giedroyc (left), Mary Berry (right) and winner Nancy Birtwhistle

But the 60-year-old admitted that she had doubts about whether she would be able to deal with the added pressure of the contest’s climax.

She said: “There is nothing so scary as the final, and I didn’t know if I would be able to cope with it, but I was fine. I have never been tested to that extent, or had that pressure before, but I realised I could be pretty stoic about it all. Earlier on in the series I hadn’t even realised that I had said ‘You can’t go forward if you are looking backward’ until I saw it on TV.

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“I had watched the programme before but didn’t realise how big the show is. To get positive feedback from Paul and Mary takes you to a completely different level. I have never had comments from people in such authority on their subject.

“It carries such a great feeling when the judges say your bake is perfect, it gives you confidence and a terrific buzz.”

Birtwhistle, who showed herself to be a no-nonsense contestant who made her views known to the judges, went on: “What I enjoy doing is teaching people how to make pastry, and it really is easy, so I would like to share some of what I know.

“You learn all these skills through your life and you have to pass them on.”