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Tuesday at the Races

Schoolgirls get ready for the pancake race

If there are lots of children with frying pans, it just has to be Olney pancake race day; Shrove Tuesday. This year it was on the 1st of March.

So what we have here are young boys and girls taking part in an event that dates back to 1445; this is a live tradition.

I’ve posted all about the pancake race and how it began before, so I’m not going to repeat myself. But you can read all about it;  see why it’s pancakes and how Shrove Tuesday is a moveable feast linked to Easter, at the link above.

Olney schoolkids  pancake day

The children’s races are run well before the main event, so if you are reading this in about a year’s time, you need to get to the Market Place by 10 am. They all have a great time except for the one or two it all gets too much for, and it’s very entertaining.

I wonder how many of the Olney women in the main race (at five to twelve) also ran as girls. I also wonder how their performance back then compares with their placings now!

Schoolboys get ready for the pancake race


Children's pancake race  Olney


Olney pancake race  Shrove Tuesday 2022


Pancake race  Shrove Tuesday  Olney


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