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Waiters and waitresses to race across Norwich to celebrate National Waiters’ Day

PUBLISHED: 10:54 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:54 02 May 2017

Jayne Raffles, who owns The Library restaurant in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Jayne Raffles, who owns The Library restaurant in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Waiters and waitresses from across Norwich will be showing off their skills in a race across the city.

The event, which marks National Waiters’ Day and is a first for Norwich, is happening on Tuesday, May 16, at 10am.

Competitors will race from The Library restaurant on Guildhall, down Goal Hill, along the Market Place, and up Hay Hill towards the finish line at the War Memorial on St Peter’s Street.

They will have to wear their uniforms while carrying plastic wine glasses and a plastic bottle of water along the historic route.

Staff from Norwich’s restaurants, cafés, pubs, hotels and coffee shops can take part.

Jayne Raffles, owner of the The Library restaurant, said: “We are delighted to be involved with an event that raises awareness of what a fantastic career in hospitality can be - highlighting the dedication of the front of house teams as well as playing a very positive impact on employment in our region and nationally.”

National Waiters’ Day was established in 2013 by Fred Sirieix, the star of hit Channel 4 television show First Dates.

The aim of the day aims to change the perception of front of house and service roles as an unskilled job with long working hours to one that offers a variety of skills and career progression.

Across Britain the hospitality industry employed 2.9 million people.

A report by the British Hospitality Association, published in early 2017 following the Brexit vote, revealed a potential annual shortfall of 60,000 for the industry from 2019.

It said: “Awareness must be raised to attract people to the diverse range of careers the sector offers.”

The Norwich Waiters’ Day Race on May 16 is one of four happening in England.

Other races are taking place at Hyde Park, London, Eastbourne’s Western Lawns and Wivenhoe House in Essex.

Competitors in the Norwich race will need to pay £10 and all funds raised from the national day will support Springboard’s Food and Beverage Programme, which encourages students into hospitality roles.

To sign up visit http://nationalwaitersday.com
If you are not taking part in the race but want to celebrate the day tweet @WaitersDay_UK with the hashtag #NWD2017 #Norwich.

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