Inter Livery Pancake Race

 

Inter Livery Pancake Race

Shrove Tuesday
13th February 2018
 
Shrove Tuesday 2018 was neither warm nor dry. But it was with typically British sangfroid (literally) that I happily took part in the 14th annual Inter Livery Pancake Race in Guildhall Yard. Happily, because I knew that all the proceeds go to the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal.
 
I was supported by the Third Warden, Peter Baker, who did not have to come off the bench and toss a pancake himself, as well as my wife and Martina from the office and the invaluable beadle, Neil. He was able to point me in the right direction, give Peter and me the team talk which I shall not reveal here, and then lead us into the warmth of the crypt at the Guildhall for a warming soup and lunch.
 
All the Masters of Livery Companies represented there were wearing badges of office and chains plus chef's hats and aprons. Thanks are due to the Companies which generously provided the equipment and ingredients. So we were all suitably attired even if we looked a bit eccentric. In fact, because of the weather and the slippery conditions underfoot, we could not race. Instead we just tossed. Or rather, in my case, dropped. My pancake would not behave! It split in two, and then decided to miss the frying pan completely and land on the ground. I had to be given a replacement pancake. Nevertheless, I managed to uphold the reputation of the Worshipful Company of Bakers by fulfilling the old adage that it's not the winning that matters, it's the taking part.
 
Stephen Kramer
Master



 

 
 
 
 
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