Nicki Symonds, Consultant - Windsor, talks us through how our UK office celebrated Pancake Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday historically has significant meaning for a lot of people and, as we all know, it’s the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent; the 40 days leading up to Easter was traditionally a time of fasting, and on shrove Tuesday, Christians went to confession and were absolved from their sins.
Today we decided to cast history aside and take part in a morning of fun, for a very good cause. We took part in the Windsor & Eton Flippin’ Pancake Challenge for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice; a fantastic, local charity, which was founded to support sick children and their families, providing them with a safe haven where they can truly enjoy life, for however long or short it may be.
Not wanting to dismiss tradition completely, we decided it would only be fair to take part in some pre and post-race pancake consumption. The pancake has featured in cookery books dating back as far as 1439, and the tradition of tossing pancakes is almost as ancient; "And every man and maide doe take their turne, and tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne." (Pasquil's Palin, 1619). I’m very proud of my fantastic colleagues for helping to keep the tradition alive today, and for supporting such a great cause.
If you were wondering; Waitrose snatched the gold medal from our grasp, but it’s the taking part that counts, right?