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Pancakes in Olney!

Well, tomorrow is Pancake day, or more traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday).

We all stuff our faces with yummy pancakes for breakfast, lunch and (if your not sick enough by now) dinner!

What to put in them though? Do you go for the traditional lemon and sugar? or even some melted Nutella? Fruit like bananas or blueberries? Or do you like them plain?

I used to live just outside of the town Olney, in Buckinghamshire. It is where I went to school and spent many of my carefree days out playing. The town is known for holding the most famous pancake race in history, being held every year since 1445! Only women cake participate, and you have to have been a resident of the town for at least 6 months. You must run from the market square to the church, flipping a pancake in a frying pan! School children also take part in their own special race, I had the pleasure running once! I never won though! Oh and you HAVE to wear an apron and scarf!

Below is a picture of Olney’s town sign. If you look closely you can see the well known image of the local women running the race… also spot William Cowper’s name. Someone else the town is famous for.  If you are local in the home counties, why not pop along and see this historical race for yourself… oh and buy a pancake or two while you are there!



Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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