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THE ROSS-ON-WYE PANCAKE RACES
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The Ross-on-Wye Pancake Races were a great local tradition during the 1970s and have returned for the second decade of the 21st Century. Taking place annually on Shrove Tuesday, the races were one of those fun Ross events, for which people would skive school or work to either go and watch, or take part. Somehow though, and sadly, during the early 1980s the event ceased to be and as younger generations replaced the old, the Pancake Races were forgotten about by all but a few.

We tried to keep the memory of the event alive with an archive page here on 'Wyenot' but it was some 9 years after we uploaded that page that the Association of Ross Traders joined forces with Ross in Bloom to revive the tradition.

The races were revived on 16th February 2010 and the event was great fun, bringing a new lease of life to the town during the usually dull month of February. Just as in times past, hundreds lined Broad Street, races were over subscribed and several heats had to take place to allow everybody who wanted to, to join in. Due to the huge success of this event, Ross Pancake Races are back!

As Shrove Tuesday is a variable date, determined by the Lunar calendar, we have published some race dates for your diary below. Personally, I will be 93 years old on the last date published and I suspect I shall not be able to attend myself but if it does not take place, I promise that I shall return to haunt the Heritage Centre, scare its visitors and generally make a nuisance of myself in local shops. The races are too good an event to let slip for a second time!


The 2010 Ross-on-Wye Pancake Races.
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THE PANCAKE RACES TAKING PLACE IN THE 1970S
Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Ross-on-Wye Pancake Race 'dates for your diary' covering the next 40 years:

[2011 - 8th March], 2012 - 21st February, 2013 - 12th February, 2014 - 4th March, 2015 - 17th February, 2016 - 9th February, 2017 - 28th February, 2018 - 13th February, 2019 - 5th March, 2020 - 25th February, 2021 - 16th February, 2022 - 1st March, 2023 - 21st February, 2024 - 13th February, 2025 - 4th March,
2026 - 17th February, 2027 - 9th February, 2028 - 29th February, 2029 - 13th February, 2030 - 5th March, 2031 - 25th February, 2032 - 10th February,
2033 - 1st March, 2034 - 21st February, 2035 - 6th February, 2036 - 26th February, 2037 - 17th February, 2038 - 9th March, 2039 - 22nd February, 2040 - 14th February, 2041 - 5th March, 2042 - 18th February, 2043 - 10th February, 2044 - 1st March, 2045 - 21st February, 2046 - 6th February, 2047 - 26th February,
2048 - 18th February, 2049 - 2nd March and 2050 - 22nd February.

No excuses like, 'I didn't know the date of Shrove Tuesday'.

THE RETURN OF THE PANCAKE RACES IN 2010

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