Mary Berry admits ‘I look funny when I’m rolling pastry’ as she explains issue with hand

Mary Berry stars in trailer for Best Home Cook

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Mary Berry, 85, is known for cooking up a storm in the kitchen with delicious delights including Victoria sponges and fluffy pancakes. However, the Queen of Cakes has shared it does not always come easy for her to create her show-stopping dishes, after suffering from polio as a young child left her with a “funny hand”.

I was immensely fortunate

Mary Berry

Polio is a disabling and life-threatening virus which can cause paralysis in parts of the body and infect a person’s spinal cord.

Mary was 13 when she contracted the disease which resulted in a three-month hospital stay.

Thankfully the condition only affected the left side of her body but left her with a “funny” hand, which some TV viewers have mistaken for arthritis.

Speaking on the importance of having the coronavirus vaccine, Mary said: “I had polio, but now almost the whole world is vaccinated against it.

“If you’re in a hospital like I was, with people in callipers, people in pain, people who weren’t going to get better.

“I think everyone should take the vaccine, not query it, and think of others.”

She added to Radio Times: “I was immensely fortunate. I only had it on my left side, and I’ve got a funny left hand.

“Everybody thinks I’ve got arthritis. I look a bit funny when I’m rolling pastry, but I have no other difficulties whatsoever.”

The star admitted that the virus had meant she isn’t as good at sport as she used to be. 

However, she is “grateful” to still be active in her 80s and busy with her career.

“I was let off very lightly. I’m grateful,” she admitted.

Mary and her husband Paul Hunnings both received their coronavirus vaccine earlier this month.

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The government has this week urged anyone over the age of 70 who has not had their jab to contact their GP.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a press statement: “Thanks to the huge efforts of the NHS, volunteers and local authorities we have vaccinated an incredible 12 million vulnerable people so far.

“We are on track to meet our goal of offering everyone in the top four priority groups a jab. So far we have said please wait until the NHS contacts you. 

“I now urge everyone aged 70 and over who hasn’t yet had a vaccination to come forward and contact the NHS to book in their jab. And if you have grandparents, relatives and friends over 70, please encourage them to book an appointment as soon as possible, so they can be protected against this awful virus.”

In under 10 weeks, the health service has delivered 11 million vaccinations so far.

Meanwhile, Mary has been busy working on a number of different projects including her latest show Celebrity Best Home Cook.

The programme sees ten celebrities battle it out to become the first-ever winner of the show. Contestants on the programme include TOWIE star Ferne McCann and Strictly Come Dancing alum Karim Zeroual.

The food writer is also appearing alongside famed chef Jamie Oliver and presenter Jimmy Doherty in their cafe on Southend Pier for tonight’s Friday Night Feast.

The trio will wander down memory lane as they serve up classic dishes including retro crab cocktail and potted shrimp.

Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast airs tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.

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