Ross pancake race set to return

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Saturday 7th May 2022 7:00 am
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After a successful pancake race day in the town centre, the event is set to return next year.

Louise Hamilton from Ross-on-Wye Lions and Ross Rotary Club reported on the pancake race event put on by the organizations on February 27. The event was funded—in part—by Ross Town council as well as the Lions and Rotary. Previous pancake races were organised by local traders, although that ceased some time ago. In 2020 the process to bring back the tradition was reignited by the two community groups. The return was delayed by covid, but in 2022 Broad Street was once again closed to traffic to allow the races to happen.

The race was open to all age groups, over the course of three hours, with 14 races. About 100 people put their names down to participate with 300 people cheering them on. Deputy mayor Ed O’Driscoll presented the prizes. A “pancake checker” was also recruited to make sure the pancakes were sufficiently tossed.

The event cost £416.75, which was within budget, organisers asked for £224 to part fund the day. This went towards the costs of the road closure, consumables, and promotional literature, with the groups matching the cash.

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