Pan-tastic fun at the races

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The young and the not-so young got involved in annual races and fun events to celebrate Pancake Day.

Villagers in Caldecott took part in the pancake race down Church Lane that has been held in rain, snow and sun since 1983.

Caldecott residents  take part in the village's annual pancake race along Church Lane

Caldecott residents take part in the village's annual pancake race along Church Lane

Nowadays it is organised by the Women’s Institute and racers and spectators congregated in the village hall after the race to watch the pancake- tossing competition, won by Dean Hawkins, and enjoyed a well-earned cup of tea and slice of home-made cake.

The winner of this year’s men’s race, Jake Hill, said: “It’s a lot of fun. This year the conditions were perfect, you have to toss the pancake twice during the race and in previous years it has been so windy my pancake has been blown backwards.”

Children at the Rhymetime Nursery in Churchill Way, Kettering, also joined in the Pancake Day celebrations by making their own pancakes and then having a fun race.

Manager Charlotte Woodward said: “Everyone got involved, we read The Giant Pancake Story and they made their own pancakes, and then had a race. We made spares so they could eat those with lemon and sugar afterwards. It was a lot of fun and very messy.

“The children in the after-school Smart Club made pancakes using a hollowed-out tuna can and a candle, which took two-and-a-half hours.”

There was also a pancake race in Desborough which began at The George pub.