Sweet success for speedy Swaffham schoolchildren
Shrove Tuesday was marked with pancake races as dozens of racers took part in an annual Swaffham tradition.
Organised by the Swaffham and District Lions, the event was held outside the Assembly Rooms as 16 teams took part in the challenge in front of cheering spectators.
Students from the town’s Sacred Heart School were the winning team.
It is now the third time that the school has emerged victorious, receiving an engraved frying pan trophy for their efforts.
They were presented with their award by David Elsom of the Lions.
Teams from the Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School as well as Ward Gethin Archer also competed.
Dennis Tallon of Swaffham Lions said: “As one spectator said, it’s about keeping traditions going and creating memories for years to come, the day I ran in the Swaffham Pancake race.”
He added that the atmosphere was “electric” and it was a good afternoon of fun for all involved.
The format saw teams of two drawn from a hat over four rounds with Sacred Heart pupils being pitted against Nicholas Hamond students in the final.
Participants ran 100m to the finishing line while flipping a pancake from a pan.
Jill Hambright, speaking on behalf of the Nicholas Hamond Academy, said: “Frying pans at the ready, our intrepid team of pancake flippers entered the annual pancake race in the town organised by the Swaffham and District Lions Club.
“As the sun shone they followed the age old tradition competing for the highly sought after winners ‘engraved frying pan’.
“Just pipped at the post in the final heat, we are eagerly looking forward to trying our skills at next year’s event!”
Members of the Lions team once again wore fancy dress for the occasion, which included full animal outfits complete with a lion’s head.
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