YOUNGSTERS were treated to free pancakes as Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral celebrated Pancake Day.
Children from city schools were invited to Old Portsmouth to play board games and enjoy the sweet treat yesterday, which was Shrove Tuesday.
Joanne Overall and Kasia Cot from Planet Waffle made the pancakes with pupils from Arundel Court School, Northern Parade School and St Jude’s Primary picking their favourite toppings.
For some of the youngsters, it was their second helping of the day.
Nine-year-old Lucas Savage, from St Jude’s, said: ‘I love Pancake Day. I had some for breakfast and sometimes my mum makes them and sometimes they are made by my dad.
‘I like all the toppings like lemon and sugar, Nutella, golden syrup and bacon.
‘I had some for breakfast and they were so yummy.’
Fellow St Jude pupil Jasper DiMarco, eight, added: ‘I have mine for dessert every year. It has been good to have some pancakes here too at the cathedral - they were tasty.’
For eight-year-old Farrah Delaney-Melville, making the pancakes is the best part of the day.
‘I had pancakes for breakfast and chocolate on top is my favourite,’ she said.
John Bolt, marketing co-ordinator at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, said it is important day on their calendar as it marks the day before Lent.
He added: ‘Pancake Day is important to Christians as it is Shrove Tuesday and marks the time we reflect on Jesus’ life.
‘This year, the day is linked to our theme of All Things Bright and Beautiful, in particular the environment.’
As well as tucking into the pancakes, the students were given a talk by Owen Devine, creator of the board game Footprint.
The game teaches people about sustainability and being green and linked to the cathedral’s theme.
The children were given the chance to play it while learning some fun facts.
Reverend Canon Peter Leonard, from Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, saw the game and thought it would be a good community event to hold.
He contacted Owen and organised the day with the students.
Owen said: ‘It has been great to come down and teach the kids about sustainability and fit in my game with the cathedral’s theme.
‘The pupils got to have a fun day playing the game while eating the pancakes.’