Bakery colleges report that increasing numbers of students are signing up for courses this year due partly to increased publicity and a raft of bakery-related TV programmes.University College Birmingham said 80 students had been offered a place on the first-year bakery course compared to last year, when 92 students had enrolled across all three years. Taster days for schools and running the Junior Bakers Academy on Saturday mornings for 14- to 16-year-olds, had helped create interest, along with school visits and open days. Marketing manager Jane Smith said: “Around 250 young people have taken part in the Junior Bakers Academy, many of whom have then chosen to enrol on bakery courses here.”Tameside College said 30 people had already enrolled on its Level 1 bakery course and that it expected a total of 40-45 students. Lecturer Steven Salt said this was 25-30% up on last year: “It is partly due to the publicity and success we’ve had in the bakery department, which has raised our profile. Our part-time Level 1 cake decorating course is full and we’ve got about 60 people on the waiting list.”Dr John Marchant, head of the National Bakery School at London South Bank University, said it had seen an increase in interest in all its courses. “On our Foundation Degree we are taking 42 students for 2011/12, but we also have 11 students on the waiting list. The baking industry has also seen a boom in entrepreneurial spirit, and people are inspired after seeing the success achieved by those setting up their own businesses.”>>British Bakels welcomes students to Bicester
Allegiance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 View Comments Broadway.com has confirmed that Wicked alum Katie Rose Clarke will appear in the upcoming Great White Way production of Allegiance. Clarke takes on the role of Hannah, which was originally played by Allie Trimm in the Old Globe production in 2012. She joins a cast that includes George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Performances will begin on October 6 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for November 8.In addition to Wicked, Clarke appeared as Clara Johnson in the Broadway and first national touring company of The Light in the Piazza. Other credits include Prayer for My Enemy and Anything Goes. Additional casting will be announced later.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. Related Shows
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 3-hour-old baby girl was left at a Wantagh fire house on Thanksgiving morning, Nassau County police said.Officers and medics responded to a report that a 4lb., 2oz baby was left at the fire house on Park Avenue, which is a dedicated AMT Children of Hope Baby Safe Haven drop off location, at 11:46 a.m. Thursday, police said.Medics checked the baby before she was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.The incident came about a week after a 6-week-old baby was found in a shoe box behind a Brentwood home.Police noted that the Wantagh baby is the 3,299 child that the Safe Haven organization has received nationally since it was founded in 1998 and 15th child this year in New York State.The foundation can be contacted at 1-877-796-HOPE (4673).