Skipping and flipping set for Pancake Day

130714h James Rogers and Libby Clayton, 3 and 4, from Skylark Nursery, have a great time on skipping day on Foreshore Road. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013
130714h James Rogers and Libby Clayton, 3 and 4, from Skylark Nursery, have a great time on skipping day on Foreshore Road. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013

Scarborough is set to go flipping crazy for the town’s annual Pancake Day celebrations on Tuesday.

The fun will begin with the ringing of the Pancake Bell at noon on the corner of North Street and Westborough, with town crier Alan Booth and mayor Pat Marsburg.

The tradition dates back to 1853, when it was supposedly rung to signal to housewives to begin making the pancakes.

This will be followed by pancake racing in Aberdeen Walk from around 12.15pm.

Organiser Nick Taylor said: “We’ve got a good number of teams signed up, with lots of local businesses taking part.

“The students from Yorkshire Coast College are making us lots of bullet-proof pancakes as they do every year and we have students from Uniformed Services coming along to help out.

“It’s a great event and is always a lot of fun.”

Teams will be judged on fancy dress, pancake flipping technique and the amount of pancake left in the frying pan at the finish line.

The event will be followed by the Scarborough tradition of skipping on the seafront.

Foreshore Road in South Bay will be closed off to allow youngsters and their families to skip in the road - with some being given a half-day off school.

The tradition is said to date back to 1903, when it’s thought that fishermen would use Shrove Tuesday to sort out their nets and ropes, and give the discarded ones to children to skip with.

There is still time to enter this year’s pancake race. If you would like to sign up or find out more, please call Nick Taylor on (01723) 232440 or email nick.taylor@scarborough.gov.uk for details.