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  • Writer's pictureKelvin Gearing

Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day?

It is a long time since I wrote a non-business post, so what better way to return, than with a subject that is a question for the ages?

I was a child in the late 70s, early 80s. Like many who grew up in northern English towns, we didn't have much in the way of money. Treats were exactly that, treats! One such treat came around on Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it was known in our house. Completely unaware of the religious connotations (I am not going to go in to them), this day in the year was about one thing; Pancakes! Usually falling on a school day, I would rush home from school in excitement. Not for the regular reason of playing out with my friends, but because I knew that pancakes would be served after tea time. It was tea time in our house, not dinner. I always had to eat my tea and I seem to remember it always being fish fingers, chips and peas or beans. Then came the highlight of the early part of the year, two pancakes, sprinkled simply with a fair amount of sugar. Glorious!

Fast forwarding to today, I sometimes fail to take part in pancake day as an adult. Young me would not be amused with my sometimes lack of awareness for this big day. However, when I do have pancakes, they come served with fresh lemon juice (or lime if I fancy mixing it up) and a tiny sprinkling of sugar. The taste buds may have changed, but I still enjoy those little creations from batter! I know that people put all kinds of things on their pancakes these days, but personally, I like to remain somewhat true to my routes. Please let us know in the comments how you eat yours!

This year it has got me thinking, how many people actually call Shrove Tuesday its proper name and how many use the term Pancake Day? I am still very much on the Pancake Day fence. But I am genuinely interested. So much so, that I am going to run a poll. If all seven readers that we normally have take part, we should have a definitive answer. After all, that's how polls apparently work now!


Is it Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday?

  • 0%Pancake Day for sure!

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