Inaugural Pancake Regatta Flips From Outside into Inside Museum

The inaugural Henley Pancake Regatta took place inside the River & Rowing Museum yesterday morning as the planned location of Mill Meadows for the event was flooded.

The River Gallery in the Museum was cleared to make way for a course with races of three children at a time, flipping their pancakes to the end.   Before the races started, the Museum race director, Richard Pinches gave some fun facts about Pancake day including where the first pancake race took place (1444 in Olney, Bucks), the highest pancake flip (31ft) and how is the date Shrove Tuesday decided (47 days before Easter).

Around 30 children competed with every child being given a Wind in the Willows character for taking part.  VIP, Mr Toad was on hand at the finish line to determine the winner of each race with one race deemed a dead heat.  The winner of each race then went into the semi-final races and the two winners of the semi-final, William and Ross both aged 8 competed against each other in a tight final which saw William crowned the winner.

Afterwards William said, “I was really pleased to win, I’ve never entered a pancake race before.  I was nervous, worried and excited before the final and I was pleased that I managed to keep the pancake in the pan all the way.”  Ross added, “I live in Henley but I’m from Ukraine.  I have raced before.  I was pleased to get into the final and I like my prize because I love Wind in the Willows.”

Richard Pinches said afterwards, “It was a fantastic event for the Museum to hold.  It was a bitter shame that we couldn’t hold it outside but the weather was against us but the Museum has got enough space for it to be held inside.  Thanks to Tesco for providing the pancakes.  For the first event, I think it went very well and the children had a lot of fun.  It was fun to put on and hopefully next year it will be bigger, better and outside!”

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