Video: Youngsters enjoy pancake race along cobbled streets of Leeds

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THE annual pancake day race at Leeds Minster saw dozens of youngsters enjoy a race down historic backstreets in central Leeds.

The event is now a firm favourite on the Leeds map when children from St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, at Cromwell Street, LS9, take part in the celebration.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

Although Shrove Tuesday is a commercialised event, it was historically held so people could use up their supplies from the pantry before lent began.

Liz Holliday, head at St Peter’s said the 75 pupils who took part had really enjoyed it: “It has become a traditional event in our school calendar now and held at special pancake assembly to mark it.

“They race on the same route behind the church, and as many of our pupils are choristers at the minster, they wear the traditional dress. There were many winners, as they raced in groups of four or five. It provides a great challenge.”

Youngsters also did a practice run inside the minster as they posed for waiting media.

She said they were lucky to have such lovely weather yesterday at the race, held a day ahead of Pancake Day itself.

At Giraffe Restaurant in the Trinity Centre, staff are preparing for a busy Pancake Day and to celebrate are giving 50 per cent off their stacked blueberry and

banana pancakes with maple syrup today (Tuesday) until 11.30am and between 3pm and 5pm for either half price breakfast pancakes or as an after school supper with the little ones.

Stephen Blake of the CMA  Photo: Vikki Ellis

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