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Inter-Livery Pancake Race - 25 Feb 2020
A very fun day was had by Company spectators and runners alike who attended and competed at Guildhall on Shrove Tuesday for the 16th Inter-Livery Pancake Races.
21 livery company teams entered runners who competed in this very colourful event with frying pan trophies awarded to the winner of each class. We entered each of the four categories of races - Masters, Liverymen, Ladies and Novelty and each of our runners performed admirably. We came second in the final of the Novelty Race, being within a whisker of winning our first trophy ever in the Races after 11 years of competing, and our Master just failed to make the final of his race by another whisker! Our Novelty race runner ran in a light weight (for speed!) cape covered with the emblems of the Lord Mayor’s charities and underneath it wore a T-shirt with our very own Owl motif from our Company’s coat of arms.
The weather stayed clear for the races themselves and afterwards our runners and spectators retired for a fine buffet lunch and wine in the ancient Guildhall vaults along with fellow liverymen of all the other teams. To warm us up we started with soup in a commemorative 16th Inter-Livery Pancake Race mug which we could take home as a souvenir and we finished the lunch with a very tasty pancake. We hope next year will bring that elusive trophy win!