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Shrove Tuesday

Many years ago, a lady from Olney, Bucks was in the middle of pancake making – she heard the church bell ringing, summoning the villagers to worship. Not wanting to miss anything, she put on her hat and scarf and ran to the church, tossing her pancake on the way. So began the first pancake racing celebration. Today, the ladies of Olney do the same thing – racing along the High Street to the church where the winner is rewarded by a kiss from the verger.

No kisses from Mr Wiley were offered however, when years 8 & 9 enjoyed the Shapwick version of the pancake race.

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After mixing and part cooking the pancakes our students lined up at the starting post dressed in the correct attire – hat, scarf and apron. On the command of  ‘go’ they set off round the front triangle, tossing 3 times on route. Those pancakes that were not dropped or ended up in the trees were eaten and enjoyed with fresh lemon and sugar.

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Matt won the Year 8 race, closely followed by Ben.

Michael won the Year 9 race although he later admitted he had only tossed once – possible disqualification leaving Oliver as the winner.

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