Out of the frying pan for the great pancake race

HAVE a flipping good time in Comet country next week with a series of pancake races planned for Shrove Tuesday. The Stevenage Town Centre Management Company, in partnership with Specsavers, has organised a race in the town centre for the fifth year runnin

HAVE a flipping good time in Comet country next week with a series of pancake races planned for Shrove Tuesday.

The Stevenage Town Centre Management Company, in partnership with Specsavers, has organised a race in the town centre for the fifth year running.

The event is sure to whip up a mixture of fun, team spirit and competitiveness, as well as raising charity money.

Two teams from the Specsavers store in Stevenage will compete against others from the Sony Centre, T-Mobile, Game, Costa Coffee, HMV and players from Stevenage Boro FC. Hertbeat fm's Breakfast DJ Steve Folland will also be live on air as he negotiates the 50m course in Queensway.


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Students from Marriotts, Barnwell and Thomas Alleyne schools will compete in the children's race at 10am, followed by the adults' race at 11am.

"This is always a popular event," said town centre manager Tracey Parry.

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"Despite traditionally bitterly cold weather, the people of Stevenage always come along to cheer on the teams and dig deep to support our chosen charity."

This year, two charities will benefit from that generosity.

"The Stevenage Town Centre Management Initiative will be supporting Sue Ryder Care throughout 2007, and we will be kick-starting our fundraising appeal with the pancake race," said Tracey.

The Sue Ryder Care home at Stagenhoe Park, which is also The Comet's charity of the year, specialises in the care of people with neurological conditions such as Huntington's disease, MS, stroke and Parkinson's disease.

The Stevenage race will also raise funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind, which provides and trains puppies, helping thousands of blind and partially sighted people to live full and independent lives.

Hitchin High Street will be closed off on Tuesday morning to make way for the town's annual pancake race.

Hitchin Priory Rotary Club, working with other rotary clubs in the town, have again organised the town's pancake festival to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and to raise money for the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth GC.

A record number of teams have already signed up.

This Saturday, as a forerunner to the race, the rotary club has organised a day of pancake making and other activities at the market Place in Hitchin.

David Sparks, president of the Hitchin Priory Rotary Club, said: "We think we'll be on for a really good year this year."

Saturday's event at the Market Place takes place from 9am until 3pm, and next Tuesday's racing will begin at 10.30am and finish at about noon.

Pupils at St Swithun's School in High Street, Sandy, will be holding their annual pancake race sponsored by local convenience store Budgens at 2pm.

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