Dame Mary Berry has said she was "so pleased" to receive the coronavirus vaccination after suffering from polio as a child.

The former Great British Bake Off judge, 85, and her husband Paul Hunnings, who lived in Penn for more than 40 years, are among the more than four million people in the UK to have received a first jab.

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She told Radio Times: "I was so pleased, particularly for my husband. I would encourage everyone, if it's offered to them, to definitely have the vaccine."

The baking queen, who now lives in Henley-on-Thames, said contracting polio when she was 13 had made her conscious of the importance of vaccines.

She had to spend three months in hospital and was left with a "funny left hand" and a curved spine.

"I had polio, but now almost the whole world is vaccinated against it," she said.

"If you're in a hospital like I was, with people in callipers, people in pain, people who weren't going to get better - I think everyone should take the vaccine, not query it, and think of others.

"I was immensely fortunate. I only had it on my left side and I've got a funny left hand. Everybody thinks I've got arthritis.

"I look a bit funny when I'm rolling pastry but I have no other difficulties whatsoever. I mean, I'm not as good at sport as I was, but I was let off very lightly. I'm grateful."

The TV chef was made a Dame in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours.

The government says it is on track to vaccinate around 15 million high-priority people across the UK by February 15, including health and social care staff, the elderly and people in care homes.