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A feast of festivities at the annual Pancake Race

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:12

Costumed contestants race through east London flipping pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Angela Moore reports.

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Hold on to your frying pans! It's the annual Pancake Day race, and dozens of contestants showed off their kitchen skills in the streets of east London. SOUNDBITE: Skinny Bean, Alternative Arts, organizer of the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, saying (English): "It is pancake day, which means it is Shrove Tuesday, the day we empty our cupboards and make pancakes and for some reason we race with them as well. So we have a lovely race." According to legend, the tradition's origins date back to the year 1445, when on the day before Lent, a woman heard the church bell while making pancakes and ran to the church still clutching her frying pan. Nowadays, each contestant is required to flip pancakes while racing down the street. SOUNDBITE: Skinny Bean, Alternative Arts, organizer of the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, saying (English): "Oh it's a proper race and over the years we've had trips and accidents and lots of things like that so people take it seriously although it is a lot of fun as well." This year, it appears the force was with Darth Vader, as he and Batman ran away with the titles of winner.

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A feast of festivities at the annual Pancake Race

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:12