Inter-Livery Pancake Race – Shrove Tuesday – 28th February 2017

Always an eventful and enjoyable event the Inter-Livery Pancake race – organised by the Poulters (with lemons generously donated by the New Spitalfields Market to the Fruiterers who handed them on to the organisers) – takes place annually on Shrove Tuesday in the Guildhall Yard in the presence of the Lord Mayor.

The rules are simple (?), teams of four are entered into the race, each participant must “run” the length of the Yard stopping only to toss their pancake in the allotted space before returning to the start, only pausing for another toss on the way.

All contestants must be dressed in an apron and cook’s hat for the whole duration of their “run”. Failure to be so attired during and at the end incurred a 20 second penalty. If a “runner” drops his or her pancake he or she must go back to retrieve it.

The first race is started by a gun supplied by the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. The huge bang this produces was enough to disrupt the nearby Mayor’s and City of London Court, being presided over by our Past Master His Hon Judge Cryan, who had to adjourn the sitting!

His Hon Judge Cryan with the Master after adjourning his Court

His Hon Judge Cryan with the Master after adjourning his Court

Sadly our lady runner was injured on the day before the race so we were a three man team

Our Team - Liveryman Harry Abdy-Collins, the Master and our organiser, Liveryman Gerry Edwards

Our Team – Liveryman Harry Abdy-Collins, the Master and our organiser, Liveryman Gerry Edwards

Harry was dressed appropriately for the Lord Mayor’s chosen Charity but lost out in the fancy dress competition to a pipe organ!

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We also suffered similar humiliation in the races with our Master coming second in his race

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Gerry Edwards dropping his pancake and having to go back to retrieve it

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and Harry losing his hat and being disqualified

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But, as always, we did win the race into the Crypt for lunch!

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This is a wonderful event with opportunities to meet and mingle with other Livery Companies – it is only sad that it is so badly supported by our Members. Let’s try harder next year to support our Master and Membership and Communications Committee.

The Lord Mayor "congratulates" our Master on failing to win his heat!?

The Lord Mayor “congratulates” our Master on failing to win his heat!?