Britain celebrates Shrove Tuesday in style by cooking up crepes and racing with frying pans

This year’s Pancake Day will have been celebrated by the cooking and eating of the delicious treats in homes up and down the country this morning. 

But the event has also been marked with the return of centuries-old traditions in northern England and London.   

In Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the Royal Shrovetide Football game is is taking place. It sees the Up’ards and the Down’ards take to the streets where they compete to tap a ball three times on stone plinths which act as goals.   

The annual two-day spectacle, which sees players carry the ball across a boundary-free pitch as volunteer stewards keep a watchful eye, has been played from at least 1667 and looks more like a game of rugby than football.

As the players run from opposite ends of the town for the fierce game, local shops close early and board up as if preparing for a riot.

The match is played from 2 to 10 pm on both Shrove Tuesday and the following day, Ash Wednesday, but goals are rare because of the size of the pitch.

Elsewhere, a multitude of pancake races have seen participants young and old precariously carry their floury creations through the streets in front of hundreds of spectators. 

At Leadenhall Market’s race, in East London, an elderly woman was seen concentrating deeply as she flipped her pancake while surrounded by a throng of onlookers. 

And outside Winchester Cathedral, in Hampshire, a young chorister in full regalia wielded his frying pan as older spectators watched on with delight.   

Pancake Day has been marked with the return of centuries-old traditions in northern England and London. In Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the Royal Shrovetide Football game is is taking place. It sees the Up’ards and the Down’ards take to the streets where they compete to tap a ball three times on stone plinths which act as goals

The annual two-day spectacle, which sees players carry the ball across a boundary-free pitch as volunteer stewards keep a watchful eye, has been played from at least 1667 and looks more like a game of rugby than football

The annual two-day spectacle, which sees players carry the ball across a boundary-free pitch as volunteer stewards keep a watchful eye, has been played from at least 1667 and looks more like a game of rugby than football

Elsewhere, a multitude of pancake races have seen participants young and old precariously carry their floury creations through the streets in front of hundreds of spectators. At Leadenhall Market's race, in East London, an elderly woman was seen concentrating deeply as she flipped her pancake while amid a throng of onlookers

Elsewhere, a multitude of pancake races have seen participants young and old precariously carry their floury creations through the streets in front of hundreds of spectators. At Leadenhall Market’s race, in East London, an elderly woman was seen concentrating deeply as she flipped her pancake while amid a throng of onlookers

And outside Winchester Cathedral, in Hampshire, a young chorister in full regalia wielded his frying pan as older spectators watched on with delight

And outside Winchester Cathedral, in Hampshire, a young chorister in full regalia wielded his frying pan as older spectators watched on with delight

Participants dressed up to take part in the Windsor and Eton Flippin' Pancake Challenge in Windsor, Berkshire, on Tuesday. Pictured: A woman looks to the sky as she carries her frying pan and pancake while dressed as a chef

Participants dressed up to take part in the Windsor and Eton Flippin’ Pancake Challenge in Windsor, Berkshire, on Tuesday. Pictured: A woman looks to the sky as she carries her frying pan and pancake while dressed as a chef 

Hundreds also took part in their own version of a brutal Pancake Day game in Sedgefield, County Durham as residents were seen tussling for a ball

Hundreds also took part in their own version of a brutal Pancake Day game in Sedgefield, County Durham as residents were seen tussling for a ball

Scrum! The Sedgefield Ball Game has been played, with a leather ball the size of a hockey puck, for nearly a thousand years

Scrum! The Sedgefield Ball Game has been played, with a leather ball the size of a hockey puck, for nearly a thousand years 

I'm going to get there first! The game is generally a good-natured affair but has descended into violence in the past

I’m going to get there first! The game is generally a good-natured affair but has descended into violence in the past

The game in Ashbourne (pictured) sees players carry the ball across a boundary-free pitch as volunteer stewards keep a watchful eye, has been played from at least 1667 and looks more like a game of rugby than football

The match is played from 2 to 10 pm on both Shrove Tuesday and the following day, Ash Wednesday, but goals are rare because of the size of the pitch

The match is played from 2 to 10 pm on both Shrove Tuesday and the following day, Ash Wednesday, but goals are rare because of the size of the pitch

Batter the devil you know! Shrove Tuesday fans share bizarre toppings – including TUNA – pancake masterpieces and some spectacular flipping fails

Pancake fans have been sharing their tossing fails, arty creations and strange toppings on social mediaSports reporter Ian Abrahams took to Twitter this morning to remind fans once again that he likes to top his pancakes with a can of tinned tuna, leaving sugar and lemon purists aghastRadio 2 DJ Sara Cox showed her flipping fail in a video that saw her pancake ending up on the kitchen floor Some have turned their hand to pancake art, creating batter versions of animals, pop stars and bicycles 

By Jo Tweedy for MailOnline

Shrove Tuesday enthusiasts have been sharing their pancake adventures on social media – including less-than-conventional toppings, flipping fails and some batter masterpieces. 

In the Christian calendar, the day marks a final day of feasting before Lent officially begins tomorrow. Social media is showing that the traditional Mardi Gras treat – fluffy discs of flour, milk and eggs whisked together and quickly fried – can take on many forms.

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