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Celebrating Shrove Tuesday

February 27, 2014

How will you be celebrating Shrove Tuesday this year? Will you be taking part in any traditions?

Probably the best known tradition on this day is to make pancakes. Traditionally made of eggs, lemon and sugar, pancakes were a way of using up leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent begins. To celebrate with pancakes this year, why not try this recipe.

To impress your friends and family on the day here’s some pancake facts for you to share with them…

  • The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time is 349 in two minutes
  • The first pancake race took place in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445
  • The largest pancake ever made and flipped measured 15.01 metres wide and 2.5cm deep, and weighed 3 tonnes, this was made in Rochdale in August 1994
  • It’s customary in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in one hand

Another tradition carried out in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday is Shrovetide Football. This game has been played in Ashbourne since at least the 12th century.

Unlike a conventional football match, this game is played over two eight hour periods and the goals are three miles apart. The ball used in the game has a cork inner to enable it

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to float when in the river and are protected by a leather outer layer which is hand sewn onto the ball.

Spectators come from all around to watch with many people following the ball all day through the streets of the town, and if you’re thinking of coming to watch it this year our Menzies Derby Mickleover Court is ideally located near to the town.

To find out more about the game visit www.shrovetide.net