Crowds cheered from the side lines as Alton residents young and old enjoyed some flipping good fun in the town’s traditional pancake race.
Glorious sunshine greeted this year’s event in the Public Gardens on Tuesday 16th February, with 60 people and four teams taking part, and local MP Damian Hinds and his family among the spectators.
Alton’s Town Crier was on hand to start the races, while the guest judges – Mayor of Alton Pam Jones, prize sponsor Faye Bobillier, owner of Alton’s ‘Toy Shed’ and new confectionary shop ‘Sweet Chocolate’ and Revd Hinks - were ready and waiting at the finish line to congratulate all who took part.
Prizes were on offer for each of the five race category winners, along with the best-dressed adult and child.
The pre-school winner was James Vick (aged four), while the Under 8’s winner was Isabella Jackson (seven) and 13-year-old Matt Jeffery triumphed in the Under 16’s category. Nick Twining won the Adults race, while the Sainsbury’s team was victorious in the Relay Race.
Best-dressed prizes were awarded to two-year-old Alice Wilkinson, aged two, who was as sweet as honey in her Bumble Bee costume, and Ms Mandy Wilson, dressed in her Cancer Research charity outfit and a glittering pink wig!
Cllr Pam Jones said: “Tuesday’s Pancake Race was a delightful community event which was very well supported by the people of Alton. I had great fun joining in the first race with the pre-school children which brought back fond memories of when I was a school teacher having taken part in many a sports day during my time.”
“I would like to thank all who came and joined in the morning’s fun and I would like to extend special thanks to the ‘Greater Alton Project’ church members who served 200 delicious pancakes free of charge to the delight of visitors on the day.”