Cream of the London stage

A CHINLEY entrepreneur and small business owner landed a starring role for her produce in a London stage play.

“Still Life” by Noel Coward opened in London last week. Set in 1936, “Still Life” went on to be the classic award-winning British film “Brief Encounter”.

The play is set in a railway refreshment room and the nostalgic romance story revolves around the consumption of many cakes and pastries.

New Mills-based actress Kate Marlow starred in the show, and when the producers said they were looking for authentic recipes for the cakes and pastries from the period Kate knew exactly where to go to get them.

Sally Barnett set up her dream business Barnett Bakery from her home kitchen in Chinley, where she lives with her husband and son, making celebration cakes for weddings, birthdays and other events.

Her cakes featured throughout the play, making a stunning, authentic addition to the detailed period set and costumes.

Kate said: “I’m thrilled to have taken Barnett Bakery’s cakes with me for their starring role on the London stage.

“Sally’s cakes are not only delicious but also absolutely beautiful and Sally has really worked hard to recreate authentic pastries and cakes from the period.

“This is just the beginning for Barnett Bakery’s theatrical roles.

“I expect to see Sally’s cakes on Downton Abbey next.”

l Sally’s husband is a volunteer for Kinder Mountain Rescue Team and Sally is organising the team’s 40th anniversary celebrations.