Shieldhill woman, 88, becomes world champ again

Ruth Brown is the World Clootie Dumpling champion for the second year in a row. Picture: Michael Gillen
Ruth Brown is the World Clootie Dumpling champion for the second year in a row. Picture: Michael Gillen

AN 88-year-old has become a global champion for the second year in a row after scooping first in the World Clootie Dumpling Championship.

Ruth Brown’s tasty treat was again voted the best there is at the annual competition in Avonbridge Parish Church on Sunday.

The pensioner said she gained her culinary skills from her mum who used to cook in big houses in north Yorkshire when she lived in Great Broughton.Ruth moved to Shieldhill in 1959 and has been cooking the Scottish delicacy ever since after getting the recipe from husband David’s mother. However, last year was the first time she had ever entered the big Braes bake-off, or any public competition with the recipe.

Ruth said: “To win the competition two years in a row just shows you how good the recipe is so I can’t tell you what’s in it.

“This year was really good because my good friend Mary came second so I was really pleased for her. I don’t really cook the dumplings much these days, it’s usually just for special occasions now.”

Mary Brown from Torwood was second and Aileen Thomson from Standburn was third in the competition which received 11 entries and was judged by expert Isobel Taylor.

Jock Moffat from Kincardine and Calum Stephens (12) provided the entertainment on the accordion and spoons respectively.