The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Date Posted: 21/01/15

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Pancake racers are set to gear up in Spitalfields next month following confirmation that The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race will take place once again along the district's charismatic Dray Walk on - when else? - Pancake Day.

Initially conceived as a very silly fundraiser that would give families a reason to travel down to London for the day, put a smile on everyone's faces and build funds for a needy cause, the event has become something of a tradition of the area and is something that residents are particularly proud of.

This year, it will be London's Air Ambulance teams that benefit from the race, which sees teams of four people line up at the starting line carrying frying pans filled with the tasty battery treats.

Upon the starting whistle, participants must sprint as fast as possible from one side of the course to the next between crowds of cheering onlookers, flipping their pancakes as fast as possible.

Dressing up is highly encouraged and the event attracts a mixed crowd of families, groups of friends and even people entering on their own to help a good cause. Those wanting to participate are urged to contact the organisers, while those wanting to watch the fun are simply encouraged to turn up at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, 12:30pm on February 17th.

London has a long tradition of celebrating Shrove Tuesday 'Pancake Day', and plenty of venues in the vicinity of Spitalfields will be serving up the buttery treat on the day itself for spectators.

There will also be a number of other Pancake Race events taking place in the capital other than the Spitalfields attraction - stay tuned for more information in the run-up to February 17th. 

 

Posted by Hayley Brent

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