Flippin’ great time at pancake races

Six-year-old Jay Howson from Markington Primary School shows of his pancake tossing skills to his school mates and Canon Paul Greenwell.  Picture : Adrian Murray.(1403041AM1)

Six-year-old Jay Howson from Markington Primary School shows of his pancake tossing skills to his school mates and Canon Paul Greenwell. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1403041AM1)

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Hundreds of people including schoolchildren and civic dignitaries have taken part in Ripon’s annual Pancake Races.

The Lenten Bell rang out 40 times on Shrove Tuesday at 11am to signal the start of festivities with competitors racing from the front of Ripon Cathedral and along Kirkgate.

The event, organised by Ripon Festivals and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels, saw soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment prepare more than 300 pancakes in a field kitchen for those taking part who included primary school pupils from across the Ripon and rural area, people from local businesses, councillors including the Mayor of Ripon Coun Mick Stanley and church officials.

Ingredients for the pancakes were provided by Ripon Select Foods and Deli on Duck Hill, while Hemingways Marketing Services presented all the children who raced with Easter eggs.