FUNDRAISERS are going flipping crazy today to mark Pancake Day.
Today is Shrove Tuesday and two Hartlepool businesses have been heating up their pans ready to cook up tasty treats for a £3 donation.
The Place in the Park Cafe, in Ward Jackson Park, and the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, are holding pancake feasts for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The events are being organised by the Rotary Club of Hartlepool and will run until 4pm.
Maria Harrison, who runs the park cafe, said: “Anyone can come along to both businesses and have a bit of fun.
“The £3 gets you a drink and a couple of pancakes and goes towards helping out an important charity.
“I’ve been told by about 30 people that they will pop in, and I hope they and more do. It will be interesting to see how busy it is.
“I’m sure I’ll be pretty good at flipping pancakes by the end of the day!”
Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which Christians observe up until Easter Sunday.
Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with the period.
During Lent, some people commit to a form of fasting or give up certain types of luxury such as chocolate or alcohol.