Flip, flip, hooray - here’s how Norwich celebrated Pancake Day
08:58 05 March 2014
It was a case of flip, flip hooray as Norwich Cathedral held its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race with choristers, cathedral staff and personnel from RAF Marham joining in the fun.
The challenge was organised into heats and one of the early winners was Kip Horton, a year five pupil at Norwich School and chorister, who won his heat for a third year in a row.
“I’m very happy to have won,” said Kip. “I just took part in the year six race too and won that!” When asked if he would be eating his pancake, he replied: “No, I’ve binned it!”
After the boys’ heats were finished, there were races for the cathedral staff, RAF Marham personnel and the biggest rivalry – the music team against the head of choristers, Cameron Murphy-Lennox.
Organist David Dunnett claimed the title, but honourably disqualified himself saying that Cameron was the real winner.
Before everyone headed inside for pancakes there was an impromptu ladies’ race.
Angela Stevenson, PA to the dean and organiser of the event, said: “The previous dean, who retired last September, started the tradition in 2005. Originally, the event was linked with RAF Coltishall, but when Coltishall closed, we asked Marham to support the event as they were already involved with the Battle of Britain service that we hold every year. They agreed, and it went from there.”
Rev Canon Jeremy Hazelock, the vice-dean and canon precentor, said: “It’s a great tradition that we are very happy to perform each year. It’s nice to see older people getting into the spirit of the occasion too!”
Flt Sgt Gargett, from RAF Marham, said: “We’ve supported the event for the last 10 years. We supply the pancakes and pans and then we’ll feed everyone inside afterwards.”
He also shared the pancake recipe used for the races: “Combine 4oz plain flour with one egg and add a water/milk mix until the batter is of a thin consistency. Whisk the batter to remove any lumps before adding 1oz of melted butter. Let the mixture rest before cooking the pancakes in some oil. If I was at home, I’d have mine served with clotted cream and blueberries that have been warmed through so they get a bit juicy!”
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