Leigh Hatts  


Borough Market pancake race last year

It’s Shrove Tuesday this Tuesday 5 March but there will be no Parliamentary pancake race. Fear of Brexit demonstrations  outside the Palace of Westminster is being given as the reason.

However Winchester Cathedral is inaugurating an annual pancake race at noon. There are 20 teams with clergy and city councillors taking part. The relays in the Close are expected to last until at least 1.30pm.

Ripon Cathedral will ring its bell at 11am for the start of the pancake race along Kirkgate. Bishop of Ripon Dr Helen-Ann Hartley is one of the participants. The 21 Royal Engineers is cooking the pancakes.

Southwark Cathedral sub dean Michael Rawson is starting the race in Borough Market at 12.30pm.

Across the Thames at the same time there will be races outside Guildhall organised by the livery companies. The Poulters provide the eggs, the Fruiterers the lemons and the Cutlers the cutlery. The Cooks cook.

Abroad it’s carnival or Semlor cream buns (Sweden) but in England we enjoy pancakes before Lent starts on Wednesday.

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