Nancy Birtwhistle crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off

Nancy Birtwhistle was the shock winner of last night's final of 'The Great British Bake Off', beating rival bakers Richard Burr and Luis Troyano

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Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle has been crowned winner of 'The Great British Bake Off'.

The keen cake maker shocked viewers of the BBC One baking competition last night (08.10.14) when she fought off stiff competition from rivals Richard Burr and Luis Troyano to take home the winners trophy.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry insist they made the right decision in crowning her champion, despite Richard having won star baker five times and Luis consistently producing extraordinary bakes throughout the competition.

Nancy said of her victory: "I don't know how I'm feeling really, absolutely overwhelmed and a bit emotional. Who could believe it that I could win?!"

Paul and Mary revealed in the final that they were in total agreement about who they thought should win after tasting Nancy's Moulin Rouge-inspired "showstopper", describing her as having "instinct" and being a "perfectionist".

Paul, 48, said: "Everything just joined together for the final, Nancy absolutely nailed it."

Meanwhile, Nancy's former Bake Off competitors including Chetna Makan and Martha Collison have spoken out to congratulate her on her success.

Martha wrote on Twitter: "Nancy, I knew you would win from the moment I met you. Consistantly brilliant and the worthiest winner! #GBBO (sic)"

Chetna also took to the social networking site to say: "What a Great Final! Very deserving winner @nancybbakes And well done @luistroyano @RichardPBurr Love you all @BritishBakeOff #GBBOfinal (sic)"

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