Baking entrepreneur and popular market trader to compete for national award
Sarah Shields is a regular at Darlington Market and is hoping the competition will help grow her business Bakely CakesSarah Shields set up Bakely Cakes just one year ago, but she has already received recognition for 'highly commended groceries' in the competitions regional finals. The 26-year-old will now have a chance to win the national title which takes place in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of August.
Teessiders could be entitled to inherit over 40 estates that are unclaimed across the region. © Getty Images/iStockphoto A Last Will and Testament
When somebody sadly passes away with no written will or known family, their estate is passed onto the Crown where it is held, waiting to be claimed.
The estates are kept for 30 years, after which they become the property of the Crown and Treasury. But in the meantime, any relatives who couldn’t be tracked down at the time of death can still make a claim on the estate, and bag themselves an inheritance.
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Sarah Turner stayed at Borgo Pignano, a Tuscan estate that's 'modern and still remarkably Renaissance-like'. She also lists some UK estates with a wilderness edgeNot only does the wine come from its own vineyards, but its rare-breed pigs are free to roam around its woodland before eventually becoming charcuterie. At breakfast, the honeycomb that drips into little glass bowls has travelled just a few hundred yards from the estate’s beehives. And the wheat growing in the fields below – the ancient Semolato Cappelli low-gluten grain – ends up on the table as both bread and pasta.
The government publishes a list of these unclaimed estates on a regular basis. There are currently 42 unclaimed estates which belonged to people with a connection to Teesside.
Only one of those estates was added to the government’s lists since the start of the year. Mr Joseph Peace died on September 29 2021 aged 76, in the Stockton-on-Tees area, his estate was passed onto the Crown following his passing.
If you think that you may have a claim on an estate, search our table below and visit the Government’s website.
How to find a lost savings account, pension or insurance policy .
An estimated 20million people have unclaimed money in savings or other types of accounts. We explain how to track them down.There are roughly 20million people with unclaimed money festering in forgotten pensions, bank accounts, savings, and investments, according to Gretel, a website that searches for peoples' lost money.