Edna McGrath to help host 2017 Somerton Biggest Morning Tea after 'retiring' in 2015

CUPPA GOODNESS: Edna McGrath, pictured here during her 'last' Biggest Morning Tea in 2015, will tie on the apron again this year. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180515GGD01

CUPPA GOODNESS: Edna McGrath, pictured here during her 'last' Biggest Morning Tea in 2015, will tie on the apron again this year. Photo: Gareth Gardner 180515GGD01

SHE let the young ’uns take over last year, but Edna McGrath is making a kitchen comeback for this year’s Biggest Morning Tea next week.

Mrs McGrath will again help host the Cancer Council NSW event in Somerton, the village that punches well above its weight in the fundraiser.

She said the menu would include sandwiches, cakes, and scones with jam and cream, and she’d be making a dozen apple pies and a dozen caramel tarts.

The event’s other host will be Kristy Breese from Tamworth’s Square Man Inn, which will again donate most of the goodies.

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Mrs McGrath was a host for the village event for 15 years before taking a step back.

She’s taken up the role again after two of last year’s organisers had to pull out.

“I stopped doing it because I was getting too old – I’m nearly 82, you know, and it’s a lot of work doing all the cooking and setting up the hall,” she said.

“I’m hoping we can get someone younger to take it over and keep it going.

“If not, I suppose I’ll just keep doing it while ever I’m still here. It’s a good cause.

“We’ve been having it for years and we make quite a lot of money: $3000 or $4000, which is good for a morning tea in a little place.

”We’ve made over $40,000 since we first started it 17 years ago.”

If you can’t make it to Somerton, find your nearest event here.

  • The Biggest Morning Tea will be held on Thursday, May 25 at Somerton Hall, from 9am to about 12.30pm
  • Apart from morning tea, there will be trading tables and stalls with handicrafts, plants and bric-a-brac
  • Call Edna McGrath on 0447 147 835 for more details