Hinckley BID pancake celebrations 

Published Wednesday, 02 March 2022
Four people in fancy dress with pancakes in frying pans

More than 130 intrepid pancake racers of all ages and abilities braved the cold wind and took to Castle Street on Shrove Tuesday (1 March) to try to win one of the coveted Hinckley BID Pancake trophy.

Following in the footsteps of when the first pancake race started 577 years ago in Olney, Bucks – our racers ran up the hill in small groups and stopped every 10 metres to flip their pancake, before running to the next of three flipping points - several had dressed especially for the occasion including Wonder Woman and Matty the Mattress Man.

Mayor of Hinckley & Bosworth, Councillor Ted Hollick presented the trophies to the worthy winners and every entrant was awarded a specially crafted commemorative medal.

The two ‘Best Dressed Pancake Flipper’ trophies, went to Mr Sefton Winslade, the Pastoral Support Officer at Westfield Junior School who dressed up as Wonder Woman and ‘Matty the Mattress’ from Vogue Beds Group. The ‘Excellent Effort’ awards went to Mark Richards from Hinckley Adult Learners and ‘Princess Elsa’. The ‘Junior Race Runner-up’ was Zane, Age 10 from Westfield Junior School and the overall ‘Junior Race Winner’ was Jack (11) who ran from St Mary’s Primary School. The Senior Race Runner-up was Tom Bright from Fosse 107 whilst the overall Senior Race Winner was Michael Cornish from Armstrongs Lester & Co - who fought off fierce competition from runner-up Tom. 

Described by several of the large crowd (including a number of visitors to Leicester City from Hong Kong) who had gathered to watch as a “very enjoyable free community event”, the next free to watch large events organised by Hinckley BID are the Soap Box Derby to be held on Castle St on Sunday 26 June and the Classic Motor Show to be held in Hinckley Town Centre on Sunday 18 September. Details of all the Hinckley BID Events

To join in, please visit the Hinckley BID website or call 01455 698494.