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10 flipping good ways to enjoy Pancake Day in Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 09:09 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 28 February 2017

Norwich Cathedral choristers enjoy annual pancake races. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Cathedral choristers enjoy annual pancake races. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Races, records, relays and stacks of snacks are planned for Pancake Day 2017

The students of Great Yarmouth College will attempt to create the world’s tallest stack of pancakes in Yarmouth Market Square on Shrove Tuesday, February 28.

From 11am they will be trying to topple the world record, which currently stands at more than a metre tall.

There will also be team pancake races and individual pancake flipping competitions, from noon, in aid of the Great Yarmouth Food Bank.

Pancakes will be making piles of money for charity with two new races in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH.)

In Ipswich teams of four will compete in a series of relay races at The Cornhill in Ipswich between noon and 2.30pm on Monday, February 27. There will also be prizes for the best dressed team and the team that raises the most sponsorship money.

Pancakes will be made by Town and Tea cafe and the funds raised will help EACH to continue providing care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families.

In Norwich teams of four will race in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH.), with prizes for the fastest flippers. Keeping an eye on the action at the Forum, between 9.30am and noon on Tuesday, will be top Norfolk chefs Richard Hughes and Richard Bainbridge. The pancakes will be made by trainee chefs at City College Norwich, with some extras available for hungry competitors and spectators

All funds raised will benefit either EACH’s hospice in Quidenham, or the £10 million nook appeal to transform children’s palliative care services across Norfolk.

In France, Pancake Tuesday is known as Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. And in the Drill House, Yarmouth, the SeaChange Arts organisation coming over all continental with Mardi Gras celebrations.

Enjoy Mardi Gras food, dance, music and customs from around the world, including carnival mask-making, pancake races mixing cookery, performance and speed, and circus performances.

Mardi Gras at The Drill House is on Tuesday, from 3.30-8pm with prices £2 per person, £5 for a family of four.

Felixstowe has its own pancake-related records. In 2015 Dean Gould flipped a pancake 161 times in a minute in the town. A decade hearlier he tossed a pancake 100 times in just 26 seconds, also in Felixstowe, and in 1996 he flipped a pancake 399 times in two minutes in Felixstowe. He has also triumphed in a wide range of beer mat, brick and coin flipping challenges, and held juggling, soccer and tennis ball and even potato catching records.

Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated with races in St Dominic’s Square, the Vancouver Quarter, King’s Lynn

The annual event begins at 2pm with teams of contenders racing to raise cash for charity.

The Pancake Racing is the first of four challenges which continue with egg and spoon races in April, a beat the goalie event in July and a final mystery challenge in October.

The annual chorister pancake races will take place in Norwich Cathedral close at 3.30pm on Shrove Tuesday, February 28.

The Lowestoft Pancake Day race challenge takes place on London Road North from noon on Tuesday.

It begins with the mascot race, and then a series of relay races for teams of three. Trophies for the winners and the best flippers will be awarded and fancy dress is encouraged.

And if you can’t get to a pancake race, there are plenty of other people cooking up perfect pancakes across the region. Dutch pancakes are a speciality at the Albatros, moored at Wells Quay in north Norfolk. The former Dutch cargo ship, built in 1899, is now a restaurant serving a wide range of sweet and savoury pancakes.

For sweet American-style pancakes try the Pancake and Waffle Shack, at Barton Mills and Bury St Edmunds.

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