The Portknockie man who caused a stir when he appeared on the BBC’s Great British Bake Off is now aiming to cook up a storm in local politics.
At 66-years-old Norman Calder believes the time is now right to step into the political arena by putting his name forward as a candidate in the forthcoming Buckie by-election.
Nomination packs for the by-election, which is taking place after the death of veteran independent councillor Joe Mackay, have been available since February 4 with a closing date set as February 23.
Mr Calder has put his name forward as an independent candidate for the March 26 poll, insisting that as such he will put forward the views of local people rather than those of any political party.
“I’ve always considered getting involved with local politics in the past,” Norman told the P&J newspaper, adding: “I thought it was something I’d like when I was mature enough.
“Since being on the Great British Bake Off my life has been regenerated – I’ve gained a tremendous amount of self-confidence.”
Since appearing on the BBC show Mr Calder has used his new celebrity status to help local charities, most notably when he promoted traditional baking at an event raising funds for Marie Curie cancer care.