Skipping and flipping for Pancake Day in Scarborough

Crowds flocked to Scarborough's South Bay to mark the town's unique way of celebrating Pancake Day.

Tuesday, 9th February 2016, 3:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 12:23 pm

People of all ages took part in the tradition of skipping in Foreshore Road, which dates back to 1903 - when it was first documented - or possibly earlier.

It came about as Shrove Tuesday was a day for games and the children were given old fishing ropes which were beyond repair.

In the town centre, the Pancake Bell was rung at noon by mayor Tom Fox, accompanied by new town crier David Birdsall.

This was followed by pancake racing in Aberdeen Walk, with teams in fancy dress joining in the fun.

And as per tradition, Scarborough Sea Cadets were also cooking and serving pancakes at their headquarters in East Sandgate.