Looking back to the pancake races along Carr Street in Ipswich in 1984

Runners staying concentrated making sure they don't drop their pancake Picture: JERRY TURNER

Runners staying concentrated making sure they don't drop their pancake Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

Today is Shrove Tuesday when pancakes are on the menu – though racing with them used to be enjoyed as much as eating them.

One runner almost dropping their pancake after the turn Picture: JERRY TURNER

One runner almost dropping their pancake after the turn Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

Throughout the 1980s Ipswich held annual pancake races in Carr Street - between Tavern Street and Major's Corner - with many of the shops in the town centre entering teams.

Although in the lead, the runner on the right dropped their pancake on their way Picture: JERRY TURN

Although in the lead, the runner on the right dropped their pancake on their way Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

Crowds lined the pavements to watch the fun with racers sprinting and flipping their pancakes from near the Woolworth store to the Co-op and back with a tight turn at each end.

Runners for Woolworth's carefully navigate around the sharp turn Picture: JERRY TURNER

Runners for Woolworth's carefully navigate around the sharp turn Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

Our photos today were taken by Jerry Turner at the 1984 event sponsored by the Eastern Gas shop - where the start and finish line was positioned.

Three runners manage to stay together whilst one fights to make up the ground at the back Picture:

Three runners manage to stay together whilst one fights to make up the ground at the back Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

It's also quite fun spotting the shops that existed along this stretch back then - all now gone.

Crowds gather to watch all the fun Picture: JERRY TURNER

Crowds gather to watch all the fun Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER


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Did you take part in the 1984 pancake races? Can you spot yourself or anyone you know in our gallery?

Runners sprint off from the start line Picture: JERRY TURNER

Runners sprint off from the start line Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

To share your memories, email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk

The winner crosses the line whilst making sure the pancake stayed on the pan Picture: JERRY TURNER

The winner crosses the line whilst making sure the pancake stayed on the pan Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

Did you run in any of the pancake races held in town Picture: JERRY TURNER

Did you run in any of the pancake races held in town Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: JERRY TURNER

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