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3rd February 2010

WHY NOT JOIN IN THE REVIVED ROSS PANCAKE RACES?

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The ancient tradition of the pancake races is to be revived in Ross-on-Wye this year. On 16th of February various races will be held in Broad Street and will cost £1 each to enter to help cover costs, any profit will be donated to a local charity.

Mumís, dadís, under-fives, children, teenagers, work colleagues, social groups, play groups etc. can take part and there will be a special prize for the best dressed apron!

The event is being organized by the Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T.) in conjunction with Ross in Bloom. The event last took place here in the late 1970s, so this event is another sign of the growing community activities in Ross-on-Wye. The races will take place between 10:00am - 12:00am on Shrove Tuesday, 16th February (Half Term week).

If you would like to enter the race as an individual or with friends contact: Caroline.Utting@homecall.co.uk. Prizes for the winners will be donated by the retailers of Ross.

See also the Wyenot Blog.

In England and many other countries, Shrove Tuesday is observed by celebratory eating of rich foods made with eggs, sugar and butter, such as pancakes. Making and eating this type of food was considered a last feast before Lent, the pancake race is traditionally part of the celebration before the more sombre fasting, so come along and enjoy the fun and make this day to remember.


The Pancake races were a great annual event during the 1970s. I'm pretty sure that the skinny rake on the corner by Harvey's is me.

Broad Street during the Pancake Races. Note the Roxy (Poxy - where somebody changed the R) Cinema, where the Maltings entrance stands now.

Alan Christopher and Julie Howells.
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