Marmalade maker scoops batch of prizes

Berwick nurse Sarah-Jane Gladstone picked up four awards at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain House in Cumbria

Friday, 29th March 2019, 11:09 am
Sarah-Jane Gladstone

Sarah-Jane is a specialist rheumatology nurse at Berwick and Alnwick Infirmaries but is becoming equally well known as a maker of superb artisan jams and marmalades.

It was in March 2017 that, encouraged by friends, she produced her first batch of marmalades for sale. She quickly enjoyed success at the Berwickshire Show and Glendale Show and was highly commended in her first attempt at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards.

“One of the advantages of taking part was that I was given a copy of the judges ‘comments sheet, telling me how I could improve,” says Sarah-Jane. “This year I put into action all the improvements they had suggested and entered four marmalades, Three-fruit, Seville, Seville with Pink Mead and Seville with Glen Aln Whisky.”

Expecting perhaps a slight improvement, Sarah-Jane was bowled over to receive four awards, two bronze and two silver.

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She is now developing a line of chutneys and working hard to keep up with demand.

“In the last three months I’ve been taken on as supplier to the gift shop at Bamburgh Castle and the Castlegate Kitchen which will be opening shortly in Berwick,” she said. “But I’ll be back at the world marmalade awards next year.”