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17th February 2010 THE RETURN OF ROSS PANCAKE RACES A GREAT SUCCESS
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More than thirty years had passed since the streets of Ross were closed off in order for the annual pancake races to take place. Hundreds of people would line the street, shouting and cheering on their friends as they raced up Broad Street, tossing pancakes and it was thought that those fun days would never be seen again; and they were not, until Shrove Tuesday, 16th February 2010.

It was like stepping back in time as people queued to register themselves into the various races, buying hot pancakes from Hayley of Truffles Delicatessen. Once again, both sides of Broad Street were lined with crowds of people excited at the reintroduction of this long lost local event. Children of all ages, local retailers, hotel staff and organizations were all keen to show off their running ability as well as their pancake tossing skills and everybody had a lot of fun.

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards stood at the start line, ringing the bell to send the competitors hurtling up Broad Street towards the finishing line. It cost £1 per person to enter the races and a percentage of the money raised was donated to the Mayor's chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the categories had so many entrants that, at one point, there were three heats held to find an eventual winner.

This great event was put on by the Association of Ross Traders in conjunction with Ross-in-Bloom and was so successful, plans for next year's event are already in the pipeline. In fact, the date has already been set. Tuesday, 8th March 2011.

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The 2010 return of the Ross-on-Wye Pancake Races.
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The short film above covers the whole event in 10 minutes. During the shooting of this video and stop motion sequence, I ran the equivalent of all of the races combined as I had to operate two cameras - one pointing at the start line and one at the finish. I am afraid it is very quickly edited to get it out but when time allows, I shall make a more thought out edit. I hope you enjoy this quick effort though.

Actually. Many living in the Brampton Abbotts, Foy and the Brampton Street end of Three Crosses will have noticed that the lights went out on Shrove Tuesday evening. This was due to a high voltage power line failure and it put our power out for about 3 hours. Of course, this happened mid making of the above film but I have a generator. Rendering the video was a further a race for me that day. Boys being boys - Tina's son had nicked my petrol for his motorbike, leaving me just half a gallon in the generator tank. My one and a half hour final render of the video was a race against the generator running out of petrol. Luckily - I won the race.

To make the film, as well as shooting video, I shot 2,800 still images for the stop motion sequences. I have included just a few, picked at random to show below. I am sorry that there are few captions. Multitasking two cameras was difficult (I AM male) - adding note taking to my agenda would have been impossible.


Hayley from Truffles making pancakes for tossing in the races and for hungry spectators.

The Mayor was left holding the baby.

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