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Pensioner’s flipping good work- she cooked 140 pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

Mary Vickers pictured at St Mary Magdalene church hall. Making pancakes. Pictured with her pancake team.
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Mary Vickers pictured at St Mary Magdalene church hall. Making pancakes. Pictured with her pancake team. w318b307

If you decided to flip a few pancakes on Tuesday, then spare a thought for Mary Vickers who cooked up 140 of the tasty snacks.

The dedicated grandma took to the stove at St Mary Magdalene Church, in Altofts, for several hours to make both savoury and sweet versions for hungry visitors.

The 76-year-old had three frying pans on the go at once as she cooked her way through a batter mix consisting of three bags of flour, eight pints of milk and 70 eggs.

And despite the church warden taking on the Pancake Day challenge for the past 18 years to support church funds, she said she won’t be hanging up her pinny just yet.

Mrs Vickers, of Lee Brigg, Altofts, said: “I lost count of how many I made after a while - I just kept making them. I think I will need a fourth frying pan next year.

“We have been doing it for years now and we get the same people coming back for more, so they can’t be too bad.

“What is pleasing about it is that it is not just the church goers that come along, we get good support from the community.”

The former Freeston teacher had a team of helpers preparing and serving the pancakes, with toppings ranging from savoury mince to golden syrup.

But Mrs Vickers, who only managed to eat half a pancake herself on the day, said: “I am a traditionalist - I like lemon and sugar on mine.”

Meanwhile choristers at Wakefield Cathedral celebrated the beginning of Lent with a pancake party.

Director of Music Thomas Moore said: “The boys were down at the Cathedral and we had been doing a service. Because it was Shrove Tuesday we had a pancake party after the service.”

The boys, aged between eight and 13, tucked into pancakes. Marshmallow topping proved to be the favourite and Mr Moore got a look in before the boys ate up the pancake mix. Mr Moore added: “We always do the pancake party every year to mark the beginning of Lent.”

 

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