Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
– Twelfth Night
I feel confident that the shade of William Shakespeare, looking down from the great Performance Space in the sky, would be delighted to hear of the brilliant idea hatched by Mrs Allcorn and executed by her and Mrs Moor.
This idea, suitable for a Nobel Prize nomination, is to make a giant cake – the size of a trestle table – to celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth. The children are being asked to bring to school a carefully chosen array of appropriately coloured sweets and lollies.
This plethora of goodies will be used to decorate the cakes in such a cunning manner that the image of Shakespeare himself will appear, conceivably large enough to be seen from space.
The Great John Colet Shakespeare Birthday Cake will then be photographed, and eaten by all and sundry. I join the children in very much looking forward to this last part of the celebration.