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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 (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.