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By Michael Broomhead
Wednesday, 18th February 2015, 11:02 am
Winster pancake races, one of the primary school races
Winster pancake races, one of the primary school races

The much-loved annual event took place in the Peak District village on Shrove Tuesday.

Young and old tossed their pancakes along the Main Street course, enjoying plenty of laughs in the winter sunshine.

The event, which is run and sponsored by Winster Primary School’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, is said to be the oldest race in the country.

Winster pancake races, one of the primary school races

Claire Harrison, from the school, said: “The event was well-attended by people from all the country due to the school holidays.

“As the sun shone down a record number of flippers took to their marks with races ranging from pre-schoolers to the more competitive grandparents.

“In a world where health and safety seems to lead the way long may these fabulous races continue.”

It is thought Winster pancake race started in the 1950s.

The Gospel Mission church, in Brampton, also held its traditional pancake race on Tuesday.

After the races, participants enjoyed free pancakes and a Lent quiz suitable for all the family.

Meanwhile, the eccentric two-day Royal Shrovetide football game finishes in Ashbourne today.

Hundreds of people are taking part in the thinly-refereed annual match, which saw two teams attempting to force a cork ball towards goals three miles apart.