Flippin’ ’eck - what a race!

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Crowds braved the freezing weather and had a flippin’ great time at this year’s pancake race in Scarborough.

People of all ages gathered to watch the fun-filled town centre spectacle in Aberdeen Walk, with commentary by Yorkshire Coast Radio’s Paddy Billington.

A total of 12 teams from local businesses, organisations and groups took part in ‘Strictly Pancakes’, with entrants donning some eye-catching fancy dress outfits.

Participants made their way along an obstacle course which featured jumps and slalom sections - all while carrying frying pans and pancakes. The “bullet-proof” pancakes were cooked-up earlier by Yorkshire Coast College catering students at the Market Hall.

Teams were marked out of 15 by a panel of judges, including Carolyn Jackson of St Catherine’s Hospice, Alan Bruce, Toney Viney and Valerie Hotchin.

Judging criteria included team fancy dress, pancake flipping skill and style and the amount of pancake left in the frying pan at the end of the relay.

Yorkshire Coast College Hospitality (team 2) and The Cheque Centre made it through to the final after winning their heats.

Following a close battle, The Cheque Centre, which is based in Aberdeen Walk, was the first team over the finish line.

Winners Mike Seddon and Vicky Marsh, who were dressed as Bo Peep and Shaun the Sheep, were presented with the coveted Golden Frying Pan award.

Mike said: “We have achieved local stardom and it feels amazing.”

Organiser Nick Taylor hailed this year’s event as a huge success.

He said: “It has been really nice. A lot of people turned out to watch it and had a great time. There was a lot of cheering going on and it was well supported. It was very cold but it didn’t rain, which was good news.

“It was lovely to see so many children and it was also nice to see so many local businesses and organisations getting involved.”

The race followed the ringing of the Pancake Bell in North Street, which signals the start of Scarborough’s traditional and unique Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

The town’s Mayor Helen Mallory was joined by Town Crier Alan Booth to perform the traditional honour at noon.

For more photographs of the event, see this week’s Scarborough News.




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