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.
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.