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Laura shakes off the trolls to reach Bake-Off final

Fans of ousted rival allege a 'fix' as Gravesend girl reaches the last three

Well, she’s made it through to tonight’s final of Great British Bake-Off (GBBO), but Kent girl Laura Adlington‘s appearance in the last three has not been without controversy. Last week, one of the fan’s favourites, Hermine, was eliminated and some of her followers lacked the good grace to accept the judges’ decision. Instead, they decided to troll Gravesend’s Adlington for staying in while their lady left which, surely, is about as out of order as you can get? It’s meant to be a fun competition, after all.

Judge Paul Hollywood sprang to Laura’s defence pointing out that it was his decision made in consultation with fellow judge Prue Leith that saw Hermine leave, nothing to do with Laura. Hollywood called the trolling ‘disgusting’. Hear, hear!

GBBO prides itself on judging the contestants round-by-round. It doesn’t matter how many Star Baker accolades an individual gathers, a poor bake or two in any given programme can lead to elimination.

So, Paula is still in there fighting. I would have suggested that we balance up against the trolls and tweet Laura to wish her all the best but, I suspect, the final has already been filmed so wishes, best or otherwise, may prove futile.

After Mermine’s fans alleged some form of ‘fix’ Laura replied: “It’s ok to be sad your favourite person didn’t go through, but please remember it’s not my fault. It’s easy to sit there on your sofa and judge. But I am a real person with feelings.”

We, here, at Inspire Kent do wish Laura all the best. Whatever the outcome tonight, she can feel very proud of herself for reaching the final.

Earlier in the competition it emerged online that Laura experiences problems with anxiety. She is quoted as saying: “My mental health isn’t perfect, but that’s ok. I’m still working on it. If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, please know that it’s ok, and that you’re not alone.”

Well done, Laura. We hope the trolls feel ashamed of themselves.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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