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Builder turned pastor hopes to rise to TV baking challenge

A pastor from Bolton will be aiming for some heavenly creations when he takes part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off …

A pastor from Bolton will be aiming for some heavenly creations when he takes part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off

Rev Lee Canfield, 67, is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Bromley Cross, Bolton, and is the oldest contestant in this year’s series, which starts on 24 August on BBC 1 (8pm).

The BBC’s background information on each contestant gives some more detail on Lee’s working life and faith journey:

“Lee started his working life as a builder but had a complete change of direction in the mid 1980s and went to study theology. He has worked in various pastoral ministries for the past 30 years.

“Lee started baking in 1984 when he injured his back playing cricket with his young son. He had to take time off work and found that baking was a welcome way to fill his days, and he hasn’t stopped since.

“Father of two and with four young grandchildren, he was very proud when his grandson took a photo of a cake he’d made to send to his girlfriend.

“Lee likes traditional flavours; cherry, hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate. He doesn’t tend to veer too far from the norm but does enjoy a taste of the exotic every now and again.”

Lee will join 11 other amateur bakers, under the eagle eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, in competing to take home the coveted prize currently held by Nadia Hussain.

PHOTOS: BBC

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