Ripon gets set to go for Pancake Day

Pancake race preview . Private Jordan Mills (21 Engineers), Coun. Stuart Martin, Canon Paul Greenwell, Private Daniel Clark (21 Engineers), Coun. Bernard Bateman and Bob Holmes (President of Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1302057AM14)
Pancake race preview . Private Jordan Mills (21 Engineers), Coun. Stuart Martin, Canon Paul Greenwell, Private Daniel Clark (21 Engineers), Coun. Bernard Bateman and Bob Holmes (President of Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1302057AM14)

Schoolchildren and businesses are getting ready and set to go as preparations for Ripon’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race begin.

Racers will run up Kirkgate from the cathedral forecourt from 11am, tossing pancakes cooked by Ripon’s 21 Regiment’s catering corp.

Ripon city councillors, the cathedral Canon and members of Ripon’s Royal Engineers are already getting into the spirit of the race, now in its 14th year.

Coun Bernard Bateman said: “I re-started the race back in 1998 with Dean Methuen and I have been pleased to see how the event has grown over the past 14 years.”

More than 150 children from Ripon primary schools and a number of Ripon business are set to take part in this year’s race on Tuesday, February 12, with Coun Alan Skidmore and the Dean of Ripon the Very Rev Keith Jukes getting the race off to a flying start as the first participants.

Nearly 40 races were held on Kirkgate on Shrove Tuesday in 2012.

The Lent bell will ring 40 times to signal the start of the event, and all participants will be rewarded with a Cadbury’s easter egg from Hemmingways.

Ripon Festivals organise the event with the help of Ripon Rotary Rowels, Ripon Rotary Club and the Dean and Chapter of Ripon Cathedral.

Coun Bateman, chairman of Ripon Festivals, told the Gazette: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to those whose support makes the staging of the event once again possible, including the 21 Engineer’s catering team, Coun Mike Chambers and Ripon Rotary Rowels. I would also like to thank Ripon Chamber of Trade for sponsoring the race and Alan Matthews for producing the certificates.

“I would also like to thank Don Grundy of the Deli on Duck Hill and Ripon Select Foods for providing the ingredients for producing pancakes.”

Lightwater Valley is also sponsoring the annual event.

The Pancake Race hit international headlines in 2008 when it was cancelled amid health and safety fears. Among those who entered the media storm was BBC Radio 2 presenter Sir Terry Wogan who greeted the cancellation with much mirth and disbelief.

The race returned in triumph the following year.

– For further information contact Coun Bateman on 01765 640362.