Pancakes are heaven-sent at Wakefield Cathedral

Canon Andi  Hofbauer
Canon Andi Hofbauer
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MEMBERS of the clergy had a flipping marvellous time celebrating Pancake Day at Wakefield Cathedral.

Canon Andi Hofbauer donned a chef’s hat before mastering her pancake tossing technique on the cathedral steps this morning to advertise a Shrove Tuesday offer that was too good to miss.

Catering staff from the cathedral’s Treacy Hall cafe set up an outdoor stall to serve up free pancakes, which proved a big hit with shoppers.

Canon Hofbauer said: “We gave pancakes out as a gift to the people of Wakefield and invited them to come back to the cathedral for Ash Wednesday and to take a Lent pledge to bring in spare food tins from their cupboards or to buy a couple of extra tins for us to give to our local foodbanks.”

After tucking into a pancake drizzled with golden syrup, Canon Tony Macpherson, said: “It is a great event. It’s good to see people inside and outside the cathedral that you don’t normally see. It showed that the cathedral is here for everybody.”

Catering assistants Richard Hawksworth, 31, of Crofton and Lynn Turpin, 56, of Outwood, were kept busy serving a snaking queue of customers at the pancake stall. Lynn Turpin said: “It was fun to work outside in the sunshine.”

Leeds Minster’s annual pancake race was held last Thursday because Shrove Tuesday fell during the half-term school holidays this year. Children from St Peter’s C of E Primary School, the Minster’s Sunday School and choristers from the famous Choir of Leeds Minster raced down the historic back streets of central Leeds while attempting to toss pancakes in frying pans.