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Make Cake, Break Bake, All Take, Head Ache, Commercial Break, Big Mistake

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Last week saw the end of BBC's Great British Bake Off television show as we know it. When it re-emerges on Channel 4 sometime next year or whenever it will have new presenters bar one and the unwelcome irritation of commercial breaks.


Given the time it appears to be taking for the old Top Gear to re-emerge in its new format, there is every reason to be vague about the timing of the resurrection of the soufflé or indeed the first sighting of a new season’s soggy bottom.


The recently failed (by some opinions) relaunch of Top Gear, does not bode well for the chances of a reformatted Bake Off. In this instance, however, I cannot believe it too difficult to find alternative hosts capable of puerile innuendo and a baker this side of 60 who can actually bite into a cake with her own God-given teeth. 


All should be well though and doubtless, the world will be a better place once Clarkson and Co. returns to our screens, albeit, via the sorcery that is Amazon Prime.


The reincarnated formats may be the same, but does this mean that they are the same programme?


I have similar difficulty reconciling my view of Premier League football, where the format and the names may be the same, in these cases for 100 years or more, but now the concept of ‘team’ is completely different.


The influx of overseas players, on relatively short-term contracts, for eye-watering wages, has served to remove a great deal of the credibility associated with a fan’s loyalty to his or her club. I find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the present Manchester City and Manchester United with the clubs I visited on alternative Saturdays in the late 1960s.


At what point does Bake Off cease to be Bake Off or indeed continue to be? Does The Grand Tour become the new Top Gear or does Top Gear always stay Top Gear? Is any Premier League club still the same entity deserving of fan loyalty as it always has been?


One thing for certain is that in most local small/medium sized businesses, the name above the door is the same that has been there since it began and in all likelihood will be so for many years to come.


Last week’s press highlighted the successive generations of Wrights in the Confectionary and Baking industries, and I for one, place great store in the reassurance for the wellbeing of the local economy that this brings.


Should any local business wish to invest further in its homegrown business, with a view to providing sustainable long term employment to people content to be paid a fair wage for a fair day’s work, which hopefully encourages a modest degree of commitment to the ongoing wellbeing of the company that employs him or her, then why not get in touch with us here at the Chamber Loan Fund.


I know that this cuts against the grain for avid TV Petrol-heads, Showstopper Bakers and Top Flight football fans, but the reality is that without this degree of long-term commitment from business owners with a clear identity of who they are, then we wouldn’t have a local economy.


By all means, carry on pressing the pedal to the metal and applauding Sergio or Zlatan when he kisses the badge. But don’t think that I shall be watching my soufflé rise to impressive heights and then pipe squirty cream into a Victoria Sponge – I wouldn’t stoop that low.


Can they really replace Mel and Sue?