Frying pan fun takes over shopping precinct in Pancake Day race

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PANCAKES were flipped and the crowd cheered as contestants went head to head in a unique charity race.

Waterlooville precinct came to a standstill as businesses from across the town took part in Havant Borough Council’s annual Pancake Day Race.

WINNERS ''Barclay's Waterlooville branch employees, from left, Mike Kendrick, Richard Sherman, Elle Hinsley and Tom Swaffer, are the winning team in Waterlooville's annual shrove tuesday charity pancake race.    ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (110817-721)

WINNERS ''Barclay's Waterlooville branch employees, from left, Mike Kendrick, Richard Sherman, Elle Hinsley and Tom Swaffer, are the winning team in Waterlooville's annual shrove tuesday charity pancake race. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (110817-721)

Staff from banks, funeral directors, hairdressers and supermarkets, raced each other in a relay through the centre of the precinct.

The race is held each year in partnership with Waterlooville Business Association and the winner gets to donate £200 to the charity of their choice.

It was a hotly contested race yesterday but each team gave it their all with Barclays just pipping Halifax to the post.

Alex Dick, a business adviser at Halifax, took the defeat graciously and said he can’t wait for next year.

‘It was really great fun. We’ve never taken part before but one of the teams pulled out at the last minute and we stepped up to the mark,’ said Mr Dick.

‘We were doing so well all the way and made it through to the final, up against Barclays. By that point there were about 100 people cheering the teams on and it was a really great atmosphere.

‘We had to run two laps of the circuit, flip the pancakes twice on the way there and twice on the way back.

‘Unfortunately one of our players let us down when they dropped the pancake. They recovered quickly but not quick enough to help us win.’

The event has run for the past eight years and the teams use plastic pancakes donated by Jiff Lemon so the race can go ahead in all weathers. Frying pans are donated by Asda. The team from Co-operative Funeral Directors, has taken part since the event began. But sadly pancake flipping glory has always evaded them.

James Wiltshire-Bowles, a funeral co-ordinator, said: ‘Usually Waitrose win every year and when we heard they couldn’t make it we thought we’d be in with a chance but it wasn’t to be.

‘We came in the middle which is quite respectable really and we have hopes of winning next year. The weather was brilliant and everyone really enjoyed it.’

Barclays, the winning team, decided to donated the £200 prize money to The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook.