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Shrove Tuesday And The Olney Pancake Race

It's all over and done in two minutes ...



So today is Shrove Tuesday, or as it's better known in Olney, pancake day. The history of it is well documented elsewhere so I won't go into it here, but there's an event in Olney you may want to attend, the Olney Pancake Race ...

The Olney Pancake Race is fun for all ages, but there's a lot more going on than just racing.

The Olney Pancake Race is fun for all ages, but there's a lot more going on than just racing.

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If you read my blog early in the day, and you have the time, do pop into Olney and watch the race. It starts outside the bull hotel and ends beside the church and it's all over in less than 2 minutes.

But there's plenty going on besides that ... not least children's pancake races which I always MC. Plus I'm always the one doing magic tricks on the marketplace.

You can get any amount of pancakes all day and the TV chef Leslie Waters will be there all day to share her cooking skills in various demonstrations. She even does a special breakfast if you're up with the sparrows.

"I've been helping there for oooh ... 15 years or more and it's one of those few constants in my life."

Whatever jobs may come along, I'll always be on Olney marketplace on Shrove Tuesday, mc'ing part of the event, pulling silk handkerchiefs out of kids ears or having another pancake

Hope to see you there one year and you can visit the Olney Pancake Race website to find out more.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.