Scarborough's Shrove Tuesday Skipping Festival

Published: Tuesday 4th Mar 2014

Written by: Ben Abbott

Today, Scarborough hosted its annual Skipping Festival down on The Foreshore where members of the public are free to take to the sands and skip themselves away!

The tradition dates back to 1903 when the Shrove Tuesday event was known as 'Bell Day.' Locals, includings servants and apprentices, were assured that they'd have a half day to relax down on Scarborough's sea front and enjoy the special treats that were on offer.

To this day, the tradition continues with school children being given the day off to join in with the fun. The Mayor still rings the Pancake Bell at noon which in times gone by was to signal housewives that it was time to begin frying their traditional pancakes. Today, The Foreshore Road between The Spa and Eastborough is closed off to traffic to allow plenty of room for the fun event to take place.

With so many different pancake toppings around these days, which would be your favourite?!

Ben Abbott



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