Pancake races to be held in Duns

New Duns MinisterRev Stephen Blakey
New Duns MinisterRev Stephen Blakey

For some years now Duns Parish Church has celebrated the start of the Season of Lent with a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday (‘Pancake Day‘).

A good number of folk have gathered together to enjoy a savoury and sweet pancake each, for the superb value of £5 a head.

This year, however, Rev Stephen Blakey, plans to extend the celebrations with the addition of a Pancake Race and the ringing of the church bell.

The Pancake Race will he held on March 4, at 4.30pm, and the competitors will run from the bottom of Murray Street up to the Market Cross.

Rev Blakey explained: “There will be races for different ages and fancy dress is encouraged. We will charge a small fee of 50p for under 12s and £1 for others by way of raising funds for charity, and there will be prizes for the winners and runners-up, and for the best dressed competitors.

“We are inviting competitors from our schools, youth organisations and all the various groups and societies around the town. Young and old are encouraged to come along and take part in this fun event. The Pancake Supper will follow this in the church hall.

“And the ringing of the church bell? Well, our previous Session Clerk tells of how in his home town ‘the church bell was rung at 11am on Shrove Tuesday to remind housewives to make their pancake batter, which traditionally has to rest a few hours before use’. In these more modern days it is probably not just ‘housewives’ who will be making pancakes, but we will ring the bell at 11am just the same, to remind you that it is Shrove Tuesday and to invite one and all to our Pancake Race and Pancake Supper.”