A BLACKBURN donut shop has held the first of what it hopes will be many public events for children.

DIPZ Donuts and production facility Melt Lab played host to a total of over 80 children over the last week, with plans for further events this summer ahead of National Donut Week raising the profile of donut businesses throughout the country.

Proprietor Yusuf Lambat said that he hoped this would get more and more children interested in baking and to build up a strong relationship between his business and families across Blackburn

He said: "In the end we had a total of 83 kids come along and it was one of the best days we've ever had.

"What we want is to help spread awareness so that we have more coming along next time.

"We'd like to have kids and families from different areas and different communities too."

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The DIPZ Donut shop is based on Plane Street, while Melt Lab, where supplies for the shop are made, can be found in Unit 5 on Bruce Street Business Park.

Mr Lambat says that his is the only donut business in Lancashire to employ the traditional American style in which dough is made, fried and then garnished with a variety of toppings and decorations.

Donuts are created using this style at the Melt Lab facility before then being sold on to customers at the Plane Street shop.

The shop is decorated with American-style graffiti designed by a Manchester-based artist when it first opened in January 2020.

Mr Lambat hopes that by hosting events for children, he can get them interested in baking as well as boosting his businesses profile after what has been a difficult lockdown period.

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During this time, the shop was only open for takeaways, however Mr Lambat says he is now looking forward to establishing a stronger presence in the community.

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