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Lights, Camera, Action! Pancake day at Wolverhampton primary school

The first thing my daughter said to me this morning was "can I have a pancake mum?" and given it's Shrove Tuesday, how could I refuse?

If we were late to school at least we would be full! We weren't late and I even managed to get to Perry Hall Primary in Wolverhampton on time to make even more pancakes with a group of children aged 8 to 11.

We had a great cooking lesson from Lynn who has worked at the school for 25 years. As with all shoots like this there are great moments that won't always make the final edit and this out-take is one of children being themselves.

Ellis is the star who will probably grow up to be an Oscar winning director but have a watch and enjoy the clip!

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Chimpanzees at Dudley Zoo enjoy pancake day

Dudley Zoo's seven female chimps are also enjoying Shrove Tuesday as staff made them pancakes.

Keeper Stacey Ball said: "We usually give the chimps a well-balanced diet of fruit and vegetables, but they love the occasional sweet treat, just like humans.

We had quite a challenge trying to flip the pancakes over the high fence to the girls who were eagerly waiting in the paddock.

They reached up to catch them as they went flying over and really loved their treats."

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Shrovetide Ball Game begins in Atherstone

Atherstone gearing up for shrovetide football match Credit: ITV Central

Today is Pancake Day – the day before Ash Wednesday, which symbolises the start of Lent. But, in a rural town in Warwickshire it means only one thing: the Shrovetide Ball Game.

Streets are deserted and shops boarded up, as the highway becomes crowded with adrenalin-fuelled contesters.

To those unfamiliar with the event, the rules are simple: at 3pm a ball is thrown from the town's Barclays Bank balcony, and hundreds of competitors tussle to obtain possession of it by the sound of the klaxon at 5pm.

Four ribbons – one red, white, blue and gold are tied to the ball and are up for grabs.

The game, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 1999, is considered on of the oldest traditions in Britain.

Jean, widow of Shrovetide football legend Sam Fulleylove, will today throw out the ball. Her late husband won many times and was filmed by British Pathe news winning in 1962, which was shown in cinemas across the UK.

Shrovetide Ball Game also takes place in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Tiegan Evans, 6, Sam Gothard ,10, Kai Evans, 9, all from Atherstone posing with the ball Credit: ITV Central
Our cameraman, Pat, staying away from the scrap Credit: ITV Central
Ribbons – one red, white, blue and gold become trophies during the fight Credit: ITV Central
Streets deserted before the hustle begins Credit: ITV Central
Marshalls are on hand to keep law and order Credit: ITV Central