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Video: Hepworth Gallery celebrates millionth visitor with Bake Off treat

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When the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield opened its doors two and half years ago it set itself the ambitious target of attracting 400,000 visitors in its first 30 months.

The figure was high but this week the gallery, named after the famed Yorkshire sculptor, welcomed its one millionth visitor - smashing all expectations.

To mark the milestone, Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013 - the most watched programme in the history of BBC2 - paid a visit to the gallery and baked a special cake to help celebrate.

And, given the significance of the occasion, millionaire’s shortbread formed the basis of her tasty creation.

The millionth visitor was Pauline Mackiewicz, who walked through the doors of the £32m gallery as part of a visit from her home in Sydney, Australia.

Having travelled 10,000 miles to see The Hepworth, she was delighted to discover she was the gallery’s one millionth visitor.

She said: “I feel very privileged, it was so unexpected and a little overwhelming.”

Ms Mackiewicz won a prize which included a guided tour behind the scenes of the four Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle venues, a Yorkshire hamper and a stage in a Leeds hotel.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This is a great time for The Hepworth and welcoming its one millionth visitor is a big milestone.

“The Hepworth is a credit to the whole district, it has put us on the map as a major tourist destination as these visitor numbers show.”

 

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