There was pancake flipping fun in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral as the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake races took place.

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With their frying pans and pancakes at the ready, the choristers, choral scholars, members of the Cathedral’s Chapter and RAF Marham had a great time taking part in the cathedral’s pancake challenge on the lower green today.

The Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich, who won one of the races, said: “It has been a great success. Everybody turned out, and the boys ran well.

“We started our annual races in 2005 but in fact this is a very, very ancient custom on Shrove Tuesday to have pancakes.

“Since medieval times they have been doing this. It is a way of having a last celebration before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.”

The dean also paid tribute to the team from RAF Marham who joined in the cathedral’s festivities and, as well as running in one of the races, had the all-important job of making the pancakes.

He said: “RAF Marham have joined in with the pancake races since we started them in 2005. They are brilliant and we are thrilled to have them here. They are always good fun and they cook delicious pancakes.”

Thirteen-year-old Cameron Murphy-Lennox was the overall winner of the choristers’ races. He said he was delighted to win and had great fun taking part.

He added he was a big fan of pancakes because you can eat them with so many different toppings.

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