Flat out fun in Shrove showdown

By Connie Osborne Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:47

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Buy photos » Low Bailiff Vaughan Blake and High Bailiff Steve Brown join staff from The Turks Head to celebrate their win. (s)

RESIDENTS went flat out to have some fun at Alcester's annual pancake races.

Hundreds of people lined the High Street to cheer on family and friends as they raced against each other in the town's traditional Shrove Tuesday showdown which marks the last day before the start of Lent.

More than 200 school children and adults flipped and tossed their way to victory in a series of 20 races for all ages.

This included nursery children as well as pupils from Alcester Grammar School, St Benedict's Catholic High School, St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Our Lady's Catholic Primary School and Alcester Academy, as well as staff from the town's pubs and businesses.

Those who crossed the line in first place also received a sweet treat in the form of an Easter egg and the winners of the pub race were staff at The Turks Head.

Steven Brown, High Bailiff of Alcester Court Leet which organises the event, said the event had one of the best attendance levels to date.

"It is all part of tradition that Alcester continually supports and promotes. It is about keeping these traditions alive and going as well as bringing the community together. Everyone had a great day and the weather was thankfully on our side."

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