Youngsters enjoy the fun at Trowbridge pancake races

This Is Wiltshire: The start of the children's race The start of the children's race

Young and old had a flipping good time celebrating Shrove Tuesday with Trowbridge’s annual pancake races through the town.

Four events took place in Fore Street, these categories including races for children, men, women and a relay, which saw competitors running through the town flipping pancakes with trophies given to the top three finishers by Mayor Trowbridge Town Councillor John Knight.

The event benefited from schools being off for half-term with dozens of children taking part.

Trowbridge Town Council community development officer Maryrose Mantle said: “It's been brilliant fun and it's been lovely to see so many children and their mothers down supporting the event. Everyone took part in a good spirit.”

The first three finishers in the relay race were disqualified, which meant the Trowbridge Police team were victorious with The Hungry Horse’s Yarnbrook team finishing second with the Wiltshire Times reinstated, following a stewards’ enquiry, coming third.

PC Jen Miller said: “We feel like Olympians and as part of the response team it's nice to support community events.”

Kirsty Gilbert, who works at Trowbridge’s ASDA store, won the women’s race, pipping Jesse Whyatt, representing The Amber Foundation, to the line.

The winner of the men’s race was Adam Maud, who also represented the Amber Foundation.

All competitors received a certificate and children were also given sweets and lollipops.

Cllr Knight said: “There has been such a good turnout and I think it's fallen really well being part of the school holidays this year. I’m really pleased to see so many people from Amber taking part too, as it was one of my nominated charities in 2008 and 2009, so I still keep in touch with them.”

The Bradford on Avon pancake races across the Town Bridge start later today from 3pm.

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