Kids skip school to go skipping

A large part of Scarborough’s seafront road will be closed to traffic for the traditional skipping of Shrove Tuesday – 5 March.

Foreshore Road will be cordoned off from noon to 5pm and children will be allowed the afternoon off school.

The skipping will follow pancake-tossing races in Aberdeen Walk, organised by Yorkshire Coast Radio.

Borough mayor Joe Plant will ring the pancake bell in North Street at noon; the sea cadets in East Sandgate will serve pancakes from noon; and an all-day Go Flipping pancake event will be staged in the Market Hall.

Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an annual basis. The date can vary from as early as 3 February to as late as 9 March.

Easter can fall any time between 22 March and 25 April. This year, Good Friday is on 19 April, Easter Day is on 21 April and the Easter Monday bank holiday is on 22 April.