Lowestoft all set for big pancake day race

Lowestoft 2015 pancake races

Lowestoft 2015 pancake races - Credit: Nick Butcher

A record-equalling 20 teams and eight mascots will battle it out for the honours in next week's annual Lowestoft pancake day race.

Lowestoft 2015 pancake races

Lowestoft 2015 pancake races - Credit: Nick Butcher

The event, organised by Lowestoft Vision, has been running for more than 15 years.

Darren Newman, Lowestoft Vision business improvement district (BID) manager, said: 'It is a real fun and friendly but competitive event.

'Spectators can expect lots of competition but also a lot of entertainment. '

The race will take place on Tuesday, February 9 at noon outside Beales Department Store – known by past winners of the contest as 'Lowestoft's Walkway of Dreams'.

Competitors are urged to enrol no later than 11.45am and to bring a frying pan.

Enthusiastic onlookers will be entertained by the mascot race, shortly followed by the main pancake day relay race, where teams of three will battle against each other over a short course.

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Each team member must complete the circuit by flipping the pancake three times along each section of the course, while wearing a chef's hat, as they strive to be crowned Lowestoft's premier pancake flippers.

Competitors are free to take part in branded company clothing,, fancy dress or simply come as you are.

Last year saw the contest's first sudden death race-off between Wilko and The Beach Radio as judges, were unable to separate the two teams in the final. The Lowestoft Journal and Heart Radio finished third and fourth.

Mr Newman added: 'People should look out for team Wilko, who are our reigning champions and narrowly beat Iceland last year, who had previously been our champions for four years.

'For the mascot race, our current champion is Woody Bear, who is always a crowd favourite along with the Beach Bunny.'

To find out more visit www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk or www.lowestoftvision.co.uk

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