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Pancake day pan-demonium!
TOP PRIZES: Portland Town Crier Stuart Cave and Portland Town Mayor Sylvia Bradley with the winners, second placed and third placed competitiors at the Dorset Echo sponsored pancake races at All Saint’s Church, Easton
ON YOUR marks, get set, go! Pancake fans sprinted across the finish line in the Dorset Echo’s annual Pancake Day race.
Young and old got into the spirit with a race to the finish line with pan and pancake in hand.
The rules were simple: run to the finish line and half way, flip the pancake, and cross the line as the victorious winner.
Youngsters from Haylands and Little Stars pre-schools took part as did St George’s Primary School.
The winners were given chocolate eggs or books.
Portland Town Crier Stuart Cave welcomed everyone to the event with a rousing cry.
He said: “It’s been great. I have done this event since I became Town Crier.”
Mayor of Portland Sylvia Bradley handed out the prizes in All Saints Church after the event.
She said: “I think it’s great and the turnout was good – and it wasn’t raining.”
Event organiser, the Echo’s Portland correspondent Hilda Swinney, said it was the 24th year she had organised it.
She said she was ‘delighted’ with how the event went and thanked everyone who took part for making it ‘very special’ and her team for helping with the organisation.
She joked that all that all the competitors had ‘covered themselves in glory,’ apart from the Echo staff who took part – as they came last in both the women’s and men’s races.
Lots of flipping fun
DOZENS of youngsters descended on Wyke Regis for the first ever Pancake Day races in the village.
With races for the under fives, children aged five to eight and those aged nine and over, everyone went home a winner, and there was even a separate race for the adults.
Organiser Sarah Hyde said the event was ‘great fun’.
She said: “We had real support from everyone, and I was very pleased at how many people turned out.
The children and parents really enjoyed themselves, and got into the flipping sprit of things, even though it was quite cold.”
Morrsions supermarket provided warm refreshment for participants by way of hot dogs and pizza, though pancakes were off the menu.
The event was so well received, that organisers hope to repeat it next year.
Sarah she wanted to thank everyone who took part and supported the event including Morrisons and its manager.
Sarah added: “It just seemed like a good thing to do, to bring the community together.
“It would be great if we could make a little tradition out of it.”