Pancake Day – The Olney Pancake Race
Tomorrow is Pancake Day and it’s also an extremely special day in the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire. Every year, the ladies of the town compete in the pancake race! Read on to find out about this crazy tradition.
The race dates back to 1445
No-one knows exactly how the tradition started, but one theory is that a woman was so eager to get to church when she heard the shriving bell (the bell to summon the pre-Lenten mass), that she ran clutching her frying pan with a pancake still in it!
The race has lapsed many times over the centuries, most recently during WW11. It was revived in 1948 by the Vicar of Olney who found old pictures of the race in a cupboard.
The whole day is filled with pancake related festivities and the children of Olney take part in races across the town.
Every year the town competes against the ladies of Liberal, Kansas USA – a friendly across-the-globe competition that is in its 66th year! Check out the runners below.