Sat, 2001-06-02 01:00
Intrim Principal Eugene McCrossan and Davey Barrass Before The Big Race.
An impromptu pancake race took place between a college principal and college lecturer last week.
Eugene McCrossan, Interim Principal at East Durham College, was challenged to the race by Davey Barrass, a lecturer for Foundation Studies at the College’s Houghall Campus in Durham.
Mr Barrass explained: “The Foundation Department at Houghall had been making and eating pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and then had their annual pancake race.
“Eugene was watching so I challenged him to a race. He was a great sport and despite being in his best suit and shoes agreed.”
“I suppose I should have let the boss win, but where’s the fun in that!”
Mr McCrossan added: “It was great fun but I’m sure Davey had a false start. I will have to get in training ready for next year.”
Shrove Tuesday - What’s it all about?
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, the consumption of which was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
Shrove Tuesday was once known as a "half-holiday" in England. It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell. On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom.
The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney in Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake.
The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, and England in particular, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air, catching them in the pan whilst running. In Olney today, a pancake race still takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday.