Pancake race date starting to crêpe up

Pancake Race Pancake Race

Competitors hoping to batter the opposition are signing up in their droves to take part in the Swadlincote Pancake Races.

The date of the annual extravaganza on the Delph Public Square – Tuesday, February 13 - is starting to crêpe up.

More than 20 businesses, schools, charities and organisations have already put their hats in the ring to scoop the Golden Frying Pan trophy.

Last year’s winners JB Kind will be returning to defend their title, along with the likes of Roger Bullivant, Sainsbury’s, Autoclenz, Barclays bank, Stan’s Pals Doggie Deli and Neville Lumb Bathroom Solutions.

Mascots, such as Burton Albion’s Billy Brewer and Derby County’s Rammie, are also looking at ways to outwit and outmanoeuvre one another.

Lying in wait is a daunting course, renowned for its tight corners, tricky obstacles and zany challenges.

Those who have not yet taken the plunge are being urged to register as soon as possible and help to raise money for Sport Relief.

Cllr Michael Stanton, Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, who will be attending, said:

“The Swadlincote Pancake Races barely need introducing.

“Not only are they a fantastic community occasion, but they also provide a great platform for local businesses to promote themselves.

“The event really helps to bring the town centre alive and if you’ve never experienced it before then be sure to make this the year.

“It’s all a bit of fun for a great cause but, with medals and trophies on offer, you can be sure that there’ll be a serious side to proceedings too.”

Teams of four – including businesses, organisations, mascots or groups of friends - can enter the races. Admission is £4 per team.

Freshly made pancakes and refreshments will be available on the day.

Teams must register by midday on Friday, February 9 online here or by telephoning Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre on 01283 222848.

2 February 2018