Plim­mer­ton’s sky rains pan­cakes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Pan­cakes were flipped with style, but many con­tes­tants lost points and pre­cious time at the an­nual Plim­mer­ton Pan­cake Race last Tues­day.

A few splashes of rain could not keep more than 100 peo­ple away from the foot­path out­side St An­drew’s Church on Steyne Ave, with teams from the kinder­garten, Pare­mata School, Aotea Sum­mer­set and char­ity Bel­ly­ful among those tak­ing part. Pro­ceeds raised went to Bel­ly­ful, who make meals for fam­i­lies with new ba­bies.

The event, in its ninth year, marks Shrove Tues­day, cel­e­brated the day be­fore Chris­tian ob­ser­vance of Lent be­gins. On Fe­bru­ary 12 a dozen teams took part in the race against the clock, which in­volved a re­lay with pans and pan­cakes and com­pul­sory flips dur­ing each leg.

Ex­tra marks were awarded for the most stylish pan­cake ‘‘tossers’’. Many more pan­cakes hit the ground than in pre­vi­ous years, as teams strived for quick times.

St An­drew’s Church vicar Danny Te Hiko, who took over from Jenny Daw­son late last year, says the event brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.

‘‘It’s some­thing really fun for all ages and a real part of the Plim­mer­ton cal­en­dar. It re­minds us of what this time of year is about, that Easter is ap­proach­ing, and a chance to help a fan­tas­tic lo­cal cause like Bel­ly­ful.’’

Mr Te Hiko was the vicar in Chur­ton Park for 10 years be­fore tak­ing on his new role and he says he is en­joy­ing be­ing in charge of a large and busy par­ish.

‘‘We have a great team of peo­ple here and I love the sea­side feel of Plim­mer­ton.’’

In New Zealand, Lent, along with the as­pect of fast­ing be­fore Easter, has come to rep­re­sent the wan­ing of sum­mer.

The Shrove Tues­day pan­cake race is a tra­di­tion also car­ried out in Bri­tain and Aus­tralia, and is said to have started in the 15th cen­tury in Ol­ney, Buck­ing­hamshire, Eng­land, when a housewife was so busy cook­ing pan­cakes that she lost track of time. Hear­ing the church bells ring­ing, sig­nalling the start of Shrove Tues­day, she ran to church, still flip­ping her pan­cakes in the pan.

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Flip­ping good: Ben Hoult shows the req­ui­site skill and poise for his Lit­tlies team at the Plim­mer­ton pan­cake race.

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