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Wimborne Minster pancake race was 'flippin' good

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

  • Pupils from Wimborne First School were keen to take part in the race. MB Photo

  • Children from Pamphill Pre--School with staff, the Mayor of Wimborne and Melvin Gudger of Wimborne Militia MB Photo

  • Ruth Jeffery, 6, and her sister Lucy, 8, were staying in Wimborne with their grandmother for half term. MB Photo

  • The team from MJP Law - from the left, Katie Westley, Lucy Beck, Inga Pope, Geoff Billington and Risa Moody. MB Photo

  • This is a very nice pancake! Florence Vanderfeltz, 20 months, couldn't wait to start the race. MB Photo.

  • Elsie Gray, 20 months, shows off her pancake before the race. MB Photo

  • Organiser Anthony Oliver with Georgie Pike who won the toddlers race. MB Photo

  • Charlie Bonnington from QE is presented with £25 by the Mayor on behalf of Ken Holloway.

  • Ruby Luff from Streets Meadow won the wheelchair race and she received from the rector, The Rev Vanessa Herrick, on behalf of the donors Eric and Tina Pope of the Wimborne Pet Centre a large sack of wild bird food.

  • The Rev Vanessa Herrick and Anthony Oliver prepare for their race. MB Photo

  • The start of the senior's race.

  • Anthony Oliver was challenged to race. DB photo

  • Harvey Camp won the adult race for the second year running, just pipping Scott Taylor who had won in 2009 and 2011

  • Four runners from Queen Elizabeth's School in the 12-18 year age group.DB Photo

  • Harvey Camp is presented with the Stour and Avon Magazine plate from the Walford Mill Craft Centre by Stour and Avon Magazine news editor Marilyn Barber. He also received the Old Bakehouse Perpetual Challenge Cup from former owners Martyn and Kathy Curtler.Also pictured is the Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor John Burden, Anthony Oliver and Melvin Gudger. Photo by David Bol

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THE old English custom of pancake racing is alive and well in Wimborne as was proved on Tuesday with plenty of contestants for a 17 races and a good crowd to cheer them on.

As the Minster pancake bell tolled at 11am the first of the adult races was set off by the Mayor Councillor John Burden aided by the deputy Town Crier and member of Wimborne Militia, Melvin Gudger.

Contestants had to run round the Minster tossing their pancakes at the four corners of the church.

Winners: Adults - Harvey Camp.

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Toddlers - Georgie Pike, who received £5.

Wheelchair - Ruby Luff who received from Eric and Tina Pope of the Wimborne Pet Centre a large sack of Wild Bird Food.

Five to 11 years: Charlie Allen received £15, James Daniel, £10. Sponsors, Mike Downton, Steve Burrows and John Bunting who also sponsored the Toddlers races.

12 -18 years - Charlie Bonnington received £25 from Ken Holloway.

At the end of the proceedings, Martyn Curtler suggested that Anthony Oliver, Minster Churchwarden, who co-ordinated the races along with a small committee, should challenge the rector, The Rev Vanessa Herrick to a lap of the Minster. The rector won by at least the length of one side of the Minster.

The collection for the Mayor's charities raised £115.

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