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It is that time of year again to get out your frying pan and batter your friends and colleagues.

Yes the annual Scarborough Pancake Day race, Strictly Pancakes, is here once more

As usual teams of runners will battle it out against each other to win the coveted Golden Frying Pan award.

The runners will face off in a dash with pans down Aberdeen Walk on Tuesday.

But only after the traditional ringing of the Pancake Bell in North Street at noon by the Mayor of Scarborough, which heralds the start of the town’s unique Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

Last year a Yorkshire Coast College Hospitality team faced off against the and The Cheque Centre in the final after overcoming 10 other teams in the heats.

In the end the team from The Cheque Centre were the first over the finish line.

Winners Mike Seddon and Vicky Marsh, who were dressed as Bo Peep and Shaun the Sheep, were then presented with their prize in front of the cheering crowds.

Organiser Nick Taylor said that he hoped that this years event would live up to the excitement of 2013.

He said: “There is going to be lots of fun and we are still looking for teams to come and take part in the fun and games.

“Strictly Pancakes is a super event, it’s popular with a lot of people and I hope a lot of people come down and support it.

“A team from Yorkshire Coast College will be making the pancakes once again and will also be helping out in marshalling the races.

“It should be a lot of fun, I am really looking forward to it.”

All money raised on the day will be donated to St Catherine’s Hospice.

The competing teams will be judged on their fancy dress, pancake flipping, handling of the course and how much pancake is left in the pan at the end of the relay.

A panel of judges will also give the teams marks out of 10 and the team with the highest score overall will be the winner.

School children will also get an afternoon off of school to go and take part in the regular skipping event along Foreshore Road at 1pm.

The road will be packed as once again the Mayor of Scarborough, councillor Andrew Backhouse, as hundreds of children dust off their skipping ropes and hop to it.

Organisations and businesses that wish to take part in the pancake race should contact Mr Taylor on 07967465377 or email nick.taylor@scarborough.gov.uk.