Pans and skipping ropes at the ready

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With ringing, racing and tasting on the agenda, revellers are set for a flipping good time when Pancake Day rolls in next week.

Local businesses and organisations will once again be going head-to-head in a test of obstacle course navigational creativity, pancake tossing prowess and fancy dress credentials as part of the annual Pancake Races.

Skipping Day, having fun on the busy Foreshore Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120821n  21/02/12

Skipping Day, having fun on the busy Foreshore Road. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120821n 21/02/12

The event is sticking with the title ‘Strictly Pancakes’, which was introduced last year, and will take place in Aberdeen Walk on Tuesday, February 12 at around 12.15pm, after the ringing of the Pancake Bell.

Mayor Helen Mallory will be joined by Town Crier Alan Booth to perform the traditional feat at the junction of North Street and Westborough at noon.

Many children will once again enjoy a free afternoon from school to take part in the annual skipping event in the South Bay.

Whether preferred with a touch of golden syrup or with lemon and sugar, visitors to the town can get a mid-morning Shrove Tuesday taster at a cooking demonstration with students from Yorkshire Coast College.

As well as providing the “bullet-proof” pancakes used in the race, catering learners will be stacking up a more tempting pile at the Market Hall at 10am.

Organiser Nick Taylor hopes that the different activities will attract the crowds.

He said: “We want as many people as possible to come along and try the pancakes.

“Strictly Pancakes is a super event, it’s popular with a lot of people and it signals the beginning of Lent.

“We’ve already got quite a lot of interest from businesses looking to take part and it should be good. I’m looking forward to it.”

Last year teams of two made their way along an obstacle course which featured jumps, slalom sections and a hula hoop – all whilst carrying a frying pan and pancake.

Yorkshire Coast College’s sports learners will be helping to set up this year’s race which will follow a similar format to last year.

Teams in the pancakes races will be judged on their fancy dress, pancake flipping technique, handling of the course and the amount of pancake left in the frying pan at the end of the relay.

A panel of judges will give marks out of ten to competing teams, and the team with the highest overall score will be the winner.

Organisations and businesses that wish to register for the event should contact Nick Taylor on 07967465377.