In Pictures: Pancake Day races across East Anglia

Norwich Cathedral choristers pancake races. Winner Raphael Sergent (11) in the middle of all the com

Norwich Cathedral choristers pancake races. Winner Raphael Sergent (11) in the middle of all the competitors.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

There was lots of pancake flipping fun as communities around the region celebrated Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake Day racing in King's Lynn. Pictured are the winning team (from left) Simon Adams, David Snod

Pancake Day racing in King's Lynn. Pictured are the winning team (from left) Simon Adams, David Snodgrass, Sarah Fairbrother and Chris Dewey. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Choristers from Norwich Cathedral took part in the traditional races on Cathedral Close's Lower Green, with a team from RAF Marham having the all important task of making about 100 pancakes for the occasion.

Eleven-year-old Raph Sergent was crowned the winner of the choristers races.

When asked the secret to his pancake racing success, he said: 'You flip your pancake once and then you sprint all the way to the end!'

Meanwhile Canon Pastor Andy Bryant won the clergy race and estates manager Phil Thomas and the Dean of Norwich were joint winners of the cathedral's works team race.

Action from the Swaffham Lions pancake day racing on the Market Place - Race winners, from left, Nes

Action from the Swaffham Lions pancake day racing on the Market Place - Race winners, from left, Nestor Bausbacher and Lillian wainer from Sacred Heart. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: 'It was competitive in a very friendly way! We all know the tradition of having pancakes before the fast begins for Lent. It is a fun reminder of a very serious season we are about to enter.'

Meanwhile young and old took part in the second annual Swaffham Lions Pancake Race.

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Competition was hot with pupils from Sacred Heart Convent School as well as teams from Stratton's Hotel and Litcham and Swaffham Home Hospice taking part in the knockout contest, and in the end it was Nestor Bausbacher and Lillian Wainer from Sacred Heart who triumphed.

Business teams from around King's Lynn also battled it out to be crowned the best pancake flippers in town.

Lowestoft Town centre Pancake races 2016.Lowestoft Players win the event.Suzie Kingston, Simon Warre

Lowestoft Town centre Pancake races 2016.Lowestoft Players win the event.Suzie Kingston, Simon Warren and Howie ForsterPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The annual event was the first Vancouver Quarter Business Challenge of 2016 and drew a large crowd in St Dominic's square after the action began at 1pm.

The team from Ward Gethin Archer, last year's runners up, won an engraved frying pan.

Vancouver Quarter marketing and events assistant David Blackmore said: 'A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our pancake racing challenge. It was a brilliant event, even the sun came out , and I was pleased to see so many members of the public line the course to cheer on the teams.'

There were plenty of thrills and spills in Lowestoft as a new team sprinted their way to glory as part of the annual pancake race.

Nuns On The Run, representing the Lowestoft Players, took the overall prize – as 20 teams representing businesses and organisations across the area competed in front of the cheering crowds.

Howie Forster, from Nuns On The Run, said: 'We have entered every year and it is about time we won. I think someone was looking over us, we definitely said our prayers.'

The mascot race also proved popular, with some entertaining heats eventually allowing Ritchie from Richardson's Family Bowl to claim victory.

Darren Newman, Lowestoft Vision business improvement district (BID) manager, added: 'There was plenty of banter between the teams before and after the race and it does get very competitive – but in a jovial way.'

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