WACKY racers of all ages had a flipping good time as a village hosted its first ever pancake competition.

The Purleigh Pancake Race, organised by the village’s community shop, was hailed a huge success after dozens of people raced, pans in hand, for the top spots.

The community shop committee first came up with the idea after looking for a post-Christmas seasonal event which would get everyone out and about.

The idea for a pancake race was put forward and organisers quickly set the wheels in motion.

They scheduled the event for the weekend to attract more visitors and so everyone could enjoy the last of the half-term break.

A shop spokesman said: “There were separate races for children and adults, as well as a fun race for the members of the shop management committee who are most charitably described as ‘mature!’

“The children’s race was won by Tiggy Lewis and the winner of the adults race was Libby Johns.

“After the races, competitors and spectators went back to the shop to enjoy homemade refreshments.

“In view of the support for the race within the community, we are aiming to make this an annual event so make a date in your diaries for February 12, 2021.”

The shop committee hopes next year’s event will be even bigger and better.

The community shop was launched by Purleigh residents after the village shop closed in 2018.

The shop opened last July and has been a success ever since, serving its 10,000th customer this month.

The shop is mainly staffed by volunteers and offers villagers all the essentials as well as locally produced food and drink.

There will be another Easter-themed event soon called Hide the Chick for children to take part in.

For more details, call 01621 829600.