Kirkby town centre is holding its first ever pancake race next week to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
The event, organised by Town Centre Manager and St. Modwen, will see 20 local businesses line-up with frying pans at the ready to test their pancake flipping skills in a 20m race along St. Chad’s Parade.
There will be two separate heats of 10 teams competing to be crowned Kirkby town centre’s ‘Ultimate Flipper’. The winners of each heat will then fight it out in the grand final on the same day. The fastest flipper will also win a novelty prize t-shirt.
Mike Matthews, town centre manager and expert pancake maker, says: “Kirkby has never had a traditional pancake race and the occasion will be a brilliant way for the entire community to come together for some good old fashioned, competitive fun!
“The number of entries we have received from shopkeepers wanting to take part has been incredible.”
Mike is no stranger to the world of competitive pancakes – in 1994 he was involved in creating the world’s largest pancake in Rochdale, as recorded by the Guinness World Records. The pancake was 15m in diameter and weighed three tonnes.
The competition gets underway on 28 February at 11am.