Shrove Tuesday saw the 12th Inter Livery Pancake Race in front of the Guildhall; organised by the Poulters, livery companies enter teams to run in a series of races with the hope of seeing their company’s name inscribed on a copper pan. Marketors gathered by their banner to cheer on their team – Junior Warden, Phil Andrew (representing our running exempt Master), Freemen Caroline Jarvis and Chris Griffin. Phil won his heat and went on to win his final of the Masters’ Race and yes, see Marketors inscribed as winners on one of the copper pan. Caroline did well to win her heat in the Ladies’ Race, but was outrun in the finals.
Dressed in a suitably embroidered apron, white kid gloves (supplied by the Glovers – who else!) and a chef’s hat, each contestant had to run up and down the Guildhall yard with a frying pan and a pancake. Sounds simple until you add the fact that they have to flip the pancake mid-run on the way up and down. The pan, pancake and gloves had to returned to the starting table intact. Oh and yes, the Poulters had organised sustenance for us all as we stood in the cold – in the form of – pancakes!
More photos from this event will be in Marketor Spring 2016.