Annual Pancake Festival
The Festival is organised to provide entertainment for the people of Hitchin and to raise funds for Garden House Hospice Care and other Rotary charities.
The 2020 Pancake Festival
This year the Pancake Festival was held on Saturday 22 February and included both the Fayre on the Square inn Marketplace and the Pancake Races in St Maty's Church grounds.
For the Fayre on the Square we took over Hitchin Market Place with stalls selling pancakes, mulled wine and bacon rolls; tombola; recorded music and his usual entertaining commentary from Paul Mailes of After Dark PA; kiddies' corner; skittles; local crafts and more.
The Fayre almost didn't hasppen as, while we were setting up, the wind was quite "active" and strong gusts threatened to blow the gazebos away and we had some unexpected rain. But, ever optimistic, we persevered and although it continued fairly windy with occasional gusts causing some anxiety, the day turned out to be dry and sunny, with good crowds to patronise the stalls.
The Pancake Races were run in the grounds of St. Mary's church.
There were six races plus the now regular "Young at Heart" Wheelchair Charge with residents of a local Care Home taking part. The event was thoroughly enloyed by all who took part.
There were trophies for the winner of each race, prizes and certificates for the winner and second placed in each race and in the fancy dress competition and all participants received a certificate to show that they took part in the event. See the reults of the races here
The day was a great success and we are grateful to everyone who turned out to support the event, whether taking part or just enjoying what was on offer in the Square, all those who sponsored runners, and all the local businesses who provided runners and prizes, and supported the event in other ways.
The purpose of the Festival is to raise funds for charity, principally Garden House Hospice Care, but also for other Rotary charities.
Click here to see a selection of pictures from the 2020 FestivalClick here to see a short video of the 2020 Festival, courtesy of Hitchin TV
******************************************Garden House Hospice Care, based in Letchworth, serves North Herts, Stevenage and villages in Central-Beds and Cambridgeshire. .For more information about the hospice, click here