The competitive spirit ran high on Tuesday as firefighters, school pupils and bemused tourists came together for the "flippin' marvellous" annual Greenwich Market Pancake Races.

Hosted by Greenwich Markets, Pearly King of Woolwich, Clive Bennett, and Greenwich Pearly Queen Gwen Jones, the Pancakes Races took place on Saturday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 25 to celebrate Pancake Day and raise funds for charity.

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There was strong competitive representation from across the borough on both days, with the Blue Watch Greenwich Fire Brigade, The 106 (Y) Regiment Royal Artillery Grove Park, priests from St Alfege and Year 6 pupils from St Matthew School in Blackheath, plus traders, visitors, dog owners and many bemused tourists.

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All racers enjoyed delicious pancakes served by Meru Crepes and Galettes stall, and nearly £200 was raised through race fees for the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

The winners were also awarded medals, made by Laser Shed, a Greenwich Market Trader.

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A team of Fire Cadets also ran a stall on the Saturday, advising visitors on fire safety in the home.

Mick McCarthy, Blue Watch Sub Officer at Greenwich fire station, speaking at the event, said: “It was great to be involved in today’s event and watching our cadets take part in the race was a funny sight, everyone enjoyed themselves and it was for a great cause to raise money for the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

"Community events like this one are a great opportunity to speak to local residents about fire safety in the home – especially how to enjoy flipping their pancakes safely.”