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Delight as Alcester's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races prove a flippin success

Ross Crawford 6th Mar, 2019 Updated: 6th Mar, 2019

THERE was flippin’ good fun to be had in Alcester on Shrove Tuesday as the crowds came out to enjoy perhaps its best ever Pancake Day Races.

More than 40 races were run in the popular market town and the event proved such a success that the Court Leet, which organised it all, had to rush out and get extra prizes.

Delighted High Bailiff Dave Parkes said he was amazed at the number of people who came out on to the streets to cheer the competitors on.

“Undoubtedly the good weather helped us but in the 12 years I’ve been involved it seemed to be the largest crowd of spectators,” he said.

“Everyone seemed to come out to see the fun and for possibly the first time we even held a Court Leet race too.”

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races have been an annual fixture in Alcester High Street for 55 years and it’s one of the few towns in the country to still maintain the tradition.

“As High Bailiff you get this once in a lifetime opportunity to hold this great event and of course I was a little nervous in the run up to it but all the feedback since has been positive, which is brilliant, as it looks like everyone had a great time,” said Dave.

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