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Great British Bake Off: Linda Rayfield is voted off after her pastry cage falls flat

Linda Rayfield has been eliminated from The Great British Bake Off.

Despite going into Pastry Week full of excitement as it was one of her specialities, the retirement living team leader struggled to win over the judges with her creations, including a caged gypsy tart which failed to rise. 

Speaking following her exit, Linda admitted she 'couldn't be sad' to be leaving the show having enjoyed her experience so much, describing her experience as being like 'a child at Disneyland.'

She's gone! Linda Rayfield has been eliminated from The Great British Bake Off

Going into Pastry Week Linda couldn't contain her excitement, gushing: 'It's Pastry Week. This is the week I wanted as I know I can do pastry.'

Sadly her bakes struggled to win over Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, including a disastrous Technical which saw her present three eclairs without a filling, and a Signature which 'missed the brief' by being samosas instead of the pasties required.

Her Showstopper also fell fat as she ran out of time to complete her pastry cage that would surround a gypsy tart.

Tragic: The retirement living team leader struggled to win over the judges with her creations, including a caged gypsy tart that fell flat

Giddy: Her exit came despite Linda's clear excitement to be in Pastry Week, saying: 'This is the week I wanted as I know I can do pastry'

Despite her exit Linda was gracious in defeat, as she said: 'I can't really be sad I've been like a child at Disneyland really. It's been amazing one of the highlights of my life. I am so proud of myself there I am.'

'Pastry was supposed to be my week but hey ho.' 

Judge Prue added: 'She's a very good baker but she had a terrible week.'

Linda added that she was gladshe 'stepped out of her comfort zone' during her time on the baking show.

She added: 'I am quite a positive personality, even though we all sometimes have our low moments, but I am a half-glass-full person. 

'I hope that bakers of a similar age to me will apply for the next series and have the confidence to do it. I know you slow down as you get older but that shouldn't put you off from taking on new projects.

'You have to make good choices and take any opportunity – so step out of your comfort zone and go for it, you can only try your best.' 

Gracious: Following her exit, Linda admitted she 'couldn't be sad' to be leaving the show having enjoyed her experience so much

Next week will see the remaining seven Bakers face a whole new challenge, as they battle exotic new creations during the first ever Japanese Week.

Elsewhere Laura Adlington couldn't contain her delight as she won Star Baker for the first time, after earning praise for her delicate caged tart.

Mark Lutton also suffered a close call after a poor display in the Showstopper, but scraped through after baking solid pasties during the Signature task.

Tuesday's show also saw host Matt Lucas finally utter one of his most iconic catchphrases from the comedy Little Britain, after Lottie's Toad-In-The-Hold-less pasties caught his eye.

Clearly keen to enjoy one of her bakes he said: 'I'm serious. I want that one,' before switching to a Northern drawl to add: 'That one!' in a hilarious reference to his character Andy.

The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

Over the moon! Elsewhere Laura Adlington couldn't contain her delight as she won Star Baker for the first time, after earning praise for her delicate caged tart

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