Pancake Day in the Anglia region

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of Lent in the Christian calendar when traditional pancakes are made. The Anglia region is home to the world's oldest pancake race.

World record run at historic pancake race

Pancakes are thought to have originated as a way of using up ingredients before Lent but did you know the idea of a pancake race is said to have its roots in our region.

At Olney near Milton Keynes they've been holding them since the 1400s. Boys and girls up to the age of 17 can take part but after that the rules only allow women to compete... and they must have lived locally for at least three months.

Advertisement

Pancake day safety warning

Warning from Essex Fire Service over frying on Pancake Day Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take care when frying for Shrove Tuesday. Last year 58% of all accidental house fires in Essex started in a kitchen, more than 500 fires, and of those 307 were caused by cooking.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Shrove Tuesday is a night when thousands of homes across Essex get their frying pans out and treat themselves to pancakes.

“The most important thing is to make sure that you do not leave the pan unattended or put it back on the hot stove while you eat your pancake. When you have finished cooking make sure that all appliances are turned off. "

World's oldest pancake race

Schoolchildren line up for the oldest pancake race in the country Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Britain's oldest pancake race is being held in Olney near Milton Keynes.

The race dates back to 1445 and it's believed it all began with a woman who was late for the Shriving service at Olney Parish Church.

The main race happens shortly before noon but children's races are held during the morning.

Taking part in the world oldest pancake races at Olney near Milton Keynes Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Advertisement