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Somerset immortalised in gingerbread by creative pupils

By WG_StephenDO  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

  • Picture by Terry Fisher

  • Picture by Terry Fisher

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HOT on the heels of their gingerbread Brutonians last Christmas, pupils at King’s, Bruton have taken their culinary skills to new heights, taking in the towers of Wells Cathedral and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The festive season last year saw GCSE and A-level home economics students design, bake and assemble 60 replicas of Bruton’s buildings, including the 15th-century Packhorse Bridge at St Mary’s Church.

This Christmas, with the help of 140kg of gingerbread, the students have taken the idea several steps further to create what they believe to be the largest group of gingerbread structures in the UK.

The mouth watering display depicts some of Somerset’s most recognisable landmarks as well as 120 individually hand crafted houses.

The display was put on by the school’s food science department to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West, whose hospice Charlton Farm is located near Bristol.

They also have hospices in Cornwall and Devon.

Head of Food Studies at King’s, Bruton Rose Vigers-Belgeonne said that display had been a real team effort: “All the students at King’s who study food science either at GCSE, A level or BTEC Hospitality have completed a fantastic festive gingerbread display.

“Using 140kg of gingerbread they had great fun recreating Wells Cathedral, Wincanton Racecourse, The Roman Baths, and Glastonbury festival and Tor.

“The Pyramid stage included the Rolling Stones performing with a Jelly Baby audience enjoying their performance.

“The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge proved a real challenge to complete but the finished structure was absolutely fantastic.”

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