Ready, steady flip: Teams sought for Lowestoft’s popular pancake race

Last year's Lowestoft pancake race winning team - Suzie Kingston, Simon Warren and Howie Forster fro

Last year's Lowestoft pancake race winning team - Suzie Kingston, Simon Warren and Howie Forster from the Lowestoft Players. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Teams are being sought for some flipping fun in Lowestoft on Pancake Day.

Action from last year's Lowestoft pancake race.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Action from last year's Lowestoft pancake race. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The town's annual pancake race will return on Tuesday, February 28, at noon, with the course set up outside Beales department store in London Road North.

The race is once again being organised by Lowestoft Vision, which is part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney, and local companies and clubs are being encouraged to sign up for the fun relay race.

Last year's event was a huge success, with a record number of teams entering and crowds cheering on all the action.

The event involves teams of three taking part in a relay race while tossing pancakes along the route. The contest will be broken down into heats followed by semi-finals and a final.

Richie from Richardsons family bowl, who won last year's mascot race.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Richie from Richardsons family bowl, who won last year's mascot race. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Tracey Metcalfe, manager of Wilko and a Lowestoft Vision member, said: 'At Lowestoft Vision we love the annual Pancake Day race and each year it's becoming more popular and more challenging.

'More businesses take part each year and it really brings the town together. Our staff at Wilko get some great feedback from the public after the race and are generally talking about it weeks after.

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'It's great fun and it's great that we also have the mascot race which is hilarious.'

Last year over 20 teams competed but it was the Lowestoft Players who walked away victorious, with members Suzie Kingston, Simon Warren and Howie Forster disguised as nuns. They took on the Graphitoss team in the final and are hoping to defend their title again at this year's competition.

In addition to the main race there will also be a mascot race with mascots from all over Lowestoft including Woody Bear from Pleasurewood Hills theme park, The Beach Bunny and Richie from Richardsons family bowl. Richie made a debut appearance last year and won the race, celebrating with a crowd-pleasing cartwheel.

For further information on the Pancake Day race and to enter a team, contact Ann-marie Doggett on 01502 502206 or email ann-marie@lowestoftvision.co.uk

•Are you organising a special event? Email the details to amy.smith@archant.co.uk or call 01502 525835.

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