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Bakery founded by alumnus stars in new Hairy Bikers BBC2 series

Bakery founded by alumnus stars in new Hairy Bikers BBC2 series

3 November 2021

Big River Bakery, founded by Newcastle graduate Andy Haddon, will feature on the Hairy Bikers 'Go North' BBC2 series this month.

Big River Bakery is a community bakery founded in 2013 by Newcastle alumnus Andy Haddon (BSc Psychology, 1984). The team recently welcomed Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, to their premises in Shieldfield, close to Newcastle city centre, for a day of baking stotties and filming!

The bakery will feature in the final episode of The Hairy Bikers Go North, which will be broadcast on BBC2 on Thursday 11 November at 7.00pm.

During filming, Dave and Si baked stotties with Andy and the Big River Bakery team, which were hailed as 'the best stotties ever' by the famous cooking duo!

Andy said:

"The Hairy Bikers spent a whole day with us at the bakery and we had a great time. They were very relaxed company and chatted with all the team through the day. We made stotties and pease pudding, though I think I messed up the pease pudding a bit!

"The team should be proud as when they tasted our stottie sarnies, they agreed it was the best stottie ever!"

Starting out as a volunteer-led weekend bakery in nearby Wylam, Big River Bakery secured crowdfunding to renovate the derelict property in Shieldfield in 2019, and now have 12 staff on the team and a second premises in Middlesbrough on the Teesside University campus. 

As well as providing tasty small-batch baked goods, Big River Bakery is also a social enterprise offering a four-week employability course to support the local community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the bakery has been working with charity groups in the area to provide an emergency food parcel distribution service, and produced baking activity packs for children and families. 

See Big River Bakery on The Hairy Bikers Go North on Thursday 11 November at 7pm on BBC2. 


Image credit: Andy Haddon at Big River Bakery