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Flippin’ good fun at pancake scramble

The winning Rodney team, Finlay Donovan, ten, Grace Rodger, nine, Ethan Amarylis, ten, and Seth Bristow, ten S09311H14

The winning Rodney team, Finlay Donovan, ten, Grace Rodger, nine, Ethan Amarylis, ten, and Seth Bristow, ten S09311H14

SHOREHAM College stuck to tradition and had a flippin’ fun day on Shrove Tuesday.

Every year on Pancake Day, the school, in St Julian’s Lane, Shoreham, upholds its long-running tradition, the pancake scramble.

The inter-house competition was started in 1973 by the then headmaster, Cannon D.H Booth and it is possible he borrowed the idea from a similar tradition at Westminster School.

Teams of four pupils from year five are chosen to represent the four school houses and each team occupies a corner of a marked-out square on the school playing fields.

Deputy head George Harrison, who has been organising the event for nearly 20 years, tossed a large pancake, measuring around 30in in diameter, into the air.

As soon as it left the tray, the teams made a mad scramble to pick up pieces of the pancake and run back to their corners, where they deposited it in a bag.

Once all the pancake had been picked up, Mr Harrison did the weigh-in using a Newton spring balance meter.

The winning team from Rodney, Finlay Donovan, ten, Grace Rodger, nine, Ethan Amarylis, ten, and Seth Bristow, ten, aptwon £20 having collected 1,250g, the largest amount ever recorded at the annual scramble.

Nelson was second with 650g, Raleigh was third with 625g and Grenville collected 500g.

 

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