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Bake Off win 'best thing ever' - Nancy

Great British Bake Off winner Nancy Birtwhistle (60) said taking part in the show was one of the "best things" she has ever done.

But she admitted that she had doubts about whether she could be able to deal with the added pressure of the contest's climax in front of the judges, including Mary Berry (inset).

Scary "There is nothing so scary as the final, and I didn't know if I would be able to cope with it, but I was fine," she said.

"I have never been tested to that extent, or had that pressure before, but I realised I could be pretty stoic about it all.

"Earlier on in the series I hadn't even realised that I had said 'You can't go forward if you are looking backward' until I saw it on TV.

"To get positive feedback from Paul and Mary takes you to a completely different level.

"It carries such a great feeling when the judges say your bake is perfect, it gives you confidence and a terrific buzz."

Birtwhistle, who showed herself to be a no-nonsense contestant who made her views known to the judges, went on: "What I enjoy doing is teaching people how to make pastry, and it really is easy, so I would like to share some of what I know.

"I have never stood in front of big crowds but I think I could be good at that.

"Baking isn't difficult - you have to just keep trying and practising. I am still learning techniques even now.

"Without any doubt whatsoever, it is one of the best things I have done in my life."