Pancake flippers raise funds for pier campaign

Pancake fun
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SCORES of people had a flippin’ good time as part of a fundraising event.

More than 100 pancake tossers gathered outside Marine Court on Tuesday (March 8) for the first ever St Leonards Pancake Toss Off.

It was in aid of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) and three races were run, led by Maria McErlane, as participants embarked on a mad dash along the promenade.

More than £140 was raised for the trust, which is campaigning to restore Hastings Pier after it was ravaged by fire last October.

The event was organised by shops and resaturants in Marine Court.

Top solo tosser of the day, Dave Edmunds, won a VIP trip to see the hit BBC1 programme The Graham Norton Show being filmed in London, including drinks with Graham and his celebrity guests backstage afterwards.

Top team tossers were from Asda, who donated their prizes to charity.

Because of the popularity of Tuesday’s frolics, event organisers Philip Bray, of Post Office Tea Rooms, and Helen Crichton Jenner, of Heaven on Sea, are already planning an Olympic-themed Toss Off for 2012 - with additional races, including a toddlers’ contest, as well as a paralympics toss off.