Skip­ping Day ... plus store’s first cus­tomers

Hun­dreds ex­pected to flock to seafront

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­san Stephen­son su­san.stephen­ Twit­ter @SStephen­sonSN

Scar­bor­ough’s Pan­cake Day tra­di­tions in­clud­ing Skip­ping Day are to take place on Tues­day next week, with events planned in South Bay.

Scar­bor­ough’s Pan­cake Day tra­di­tions are all set to take place on Tues­day next week, in­clud­ing Skip­ping Day. Shrove Tues­day falls on Fe­bru­ary 28 this year, with spe­cial events planned in South Bay.

The ring­ing of the Pan­cake Ball will hap­pen at 1pm near the lifeboat sta­tion, in­stead of the usual venue of North Street.

Do­ing the hon­ours will be Scar­bor­ough’s mayor, Cllr Si­mon Green along with may­oress Val.

Town crier David Bird­sall will also be on hand to an­nounce the start of the cel­e­bra­tions.

The an­nual fancy dress Pan­cake Race, or­gan­ised by Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil and York­shire Coast Ra­dio, will be held at in Fore­shore Road this year in­stead of its usual venue of Aberdeen Walk. Peo­ple want­ing to take part can ar­rive and sign up from noon ready for a 1pm start.

This year’s fancy dress theme is “Pan­cakes Of The World” and each duo will not only be judged on their speed but also on their fancy dress, pan­cake flip­ping tech­nique and how much pan­cake they have left in their pan af­ter tack­ling the ob­sta­cle course.

The wor­thy win­ners will take home the much cov­eted “Golden Fry­ing Pan”.

In ad­di­tion to this an­nual prize, Tesco will also be award­ing the win­ning duo a £25 voucher each with the team plac­ing 2nd each re­ceiv­ing a £15 voucher each and the team plac­ing 3rd re­ceiv­ing a £10 voucher each. Scar­bor­ough is the only town where Shrove Tues­day lon­grope skip­ping takes place. Many schools al­low chil­dren the af­ter­noon off to take part. Scar­bor­ough Sea Cadets will be serv­ing hun­gry skip­pers with pan­cakes, as well as teas and cof­fees, at their head­quar­ters in East Sandgate. The tra­di­tion of the Pan­cake Bell dates back to 1853, when it was sup­pos­edly rung to sig­nal to housewives to be­gin mak­ing the pan­cakes.

Zak Wormald and Joss Braida have a great time skip­ping in Fore­shore Road. Pic­ture by Richard Pon­ter

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