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Tha annual pancake race

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Pancake Race, South Shields

South Shields Shrove Tuesday tradition continues

This was the scene shortly after “the off” as five teams competed in the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race in King Street, South Shields yesterday.

The reason that pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent is that the 40 days of Lent form a period of liturgical fasting, during which only the plainest foodstuffs may be eaten. Therefore, rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar are disposed of immediately prior to the commencement of the fast. Pancakes and doughnuts were therefore an efficient way of using up these perishable goods, besides providing a minor celebratory feast prior to the fast itself. (From Wikipedia)

Five teams representing Asda in Boldon, Specsavers in South Shields, The Shields Gazette, South Tyneside Council, and Asda in South Shields took part in the relay race in King Street over a short course along the main street. Some were in fancy dress to add a little colour to the event held to raise money for charity. In Ripon, North Yorkshire, the event had to be cancelled because of health and safety concerns, thankfully nothing prevented shoppers from witnessing this important tradition in South Shields, which was won by a long length by the team from Specsavers opticians.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 50mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 800



Written by curly

February 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

4 Responses

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  1. What an unusual celebration, but human imagination knows no bounds!


    February 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

  2. Funky this pancake race.


    February 6, 2008 at 8:31 pm

  3. what a great photo, you have certainly captured the fun happy-go-lucky atmosphere of the race and the sharpness of the racers is superb

    S Wilson

    February 6, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  4. Oh, what fun! I would love to see this in person.


    February 6, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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