THEY’VE flipped a fair few pancakes in their time...
So it should have been easy peasy lemon squeezy for residents at Hawkhills Care Home in Stannington when staff arranged a pancake tossing contest to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
Frying pans at the ready, lemon juice to hand, Barbara Wagstaffe, Arthur Hunter and Jean Wragg - combined age 250 - went into battle to see who could flip their pancake the highest... and catch it again.
It proved to be a hysterical task.
Barbara, aged 90, who moved to Hawkhills from the village of Storrs a year ago, laughed: “My pancake was on the carpet more often than it was in the pan! We had such a good time, I couldn’t stop laughing!
“It was good clean fun - it really made my day and it’s been something to remember. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Arthur, 78, a father-of-four from Shiregreen, said the women proved more proficient at flipping their pancakes than he did.
“I was half and half,” he laughed. “I’m better at eating them than flipping them. I have syrup on mine, but anything will do - I’m not proud.”
Winner was Jean, 82, from Stannington - who, with two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, was well-practised at flipping the perfect pancake.
“My daughters loved them,” she said. “And my husband John used to like his with a bit of treacle. But I always have mine with a drop of gravy in the middle.”
Ann Cullen, manager of Hawkhills which has 40 residents aged 75 to 102, said the competitors had enjoyed a ‘fantastic time’.
“It was such good fun - they couldn’t do it half the time for laughing that much,” she said.
“One or two pancakes did land on the floor but, considering, the residents didn’t drop them as often as you might think - I reckon they’ve done it before a few times.”
n A HOTEL manager was having a flipping great time today - tossing pancakes for Whirlow Hall Farm.
Jon Broadhurst, manager of the Jurys Inn on Eyre Street in Sheffield, was putting his skills to the test in the hotel foyer, seeing how many times he could toss a sizzling freshly-made pancake in one minute.
He is being sponsored by staff and guests - and the hotel is also selling fresh pancakes in reception from 5pm to 6.30pm today, donating £1 from every one sold.