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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